Mr. Robert Bermudez
Mr. Bermudez, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, has been an entrepreneur for over 40 years. He has led the growth of his family-owned business, to a regional business throughout the Caribbean and Latin America and has enjoyed a distinguished career in business, serving as either Chairman or Board Director for several other corporate bodies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.
His vision for the University outlines a keen sense of the mission, effectiveness, relevance and interdependence of academia and the economy. His professional experience as a Caribbean-wide entrepreneur with business acumen garnered from across the region suggests that he will continue the distinguished tradition of Chancellorship that this University has maintained throughout its history.
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. Before assuming this office on May 1, 2015, he served the university as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of its Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for thirteen years (2002-15). He has had a distinguished career within the university becoming at age 36 its youngest scholar to be promoted to a personal chair. As professor of Economic and Social history, he won the first Vice Chancellor's Award for excellence in the field of research. He is a distinguished university administrator, internationally reputed historian, an expert thinker and strategist in higher education.
Sir Hilary has had global recognition for his academic achievements and leadership expertise. He serves on many United Nations committees and Advisory panels. He is a founding member of Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon's Science Advisory Board on sustainable development, and has been an advisor to UNESCO's Cities for Peace Global Program. He has served as an advisor to the UN World Culture Report, and is the Vice President of UNESCO's Slave Route Project. He is also an Editor of the 9th volume of UNESCO's General History of Africa Series which he conceptualized around the Global Africa framework.
Sir Hilary received his higher education in the United Kingdom and graduated in 1976 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Economic and Social History from Hull University, and a PhD from the same university in 1980. He has lectured extensively in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia, and has published over 100 peer reviewed essays and 14 scholarly books and monographs on subjects ranging from Atlantic and Caribbean History, gender relations in the Caribbean, sport development and popular culture. These include: Centering Woman: Gender Discourses in Caribbean Slave Societies (Randle Publishers,1999); The History of Barbados (Cambridge University Press, 2006); Natural Rebels: A Social History of Enslaved Black Women in the Caribbean (Rutgers University Press, 1989; Britain's Black Debt: Reparations for Slavery and Native Genocide in the Caribbean (UWI Press); and The Development of West Indies Cricket: volume 1: The Age of Nationalism; and Volume 2: The Age of Globalization (Pluto Press, 1999).
Sir Hilary has received numerous awards for his contribution: including the degree of Honorary Doctor of Letters from Brock University in Canada, the University of Glasgow in Scotland, his alma mater Hull University in England, and the Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology in Ghana. In 2015 he was honored by the Borough of Brooklyn, New York, for "extraordinary achievement, outstanding leadership, and contribution to the community". He received in 2015 the Second Global Community Healer Award for humanitarian work from the Community Healer Network, Washington DC, following the legendary Maya Angelou. In 2007 he was Commander Knight of St. Andrew (KA), the higher national honor of his country, "in recognition of his distinguished service in the fields of Education, Sports and the Arts".
Sir Hilary also serves in multiple roles in the Caribbean private sector, and is a long serving director of Sagicor Financial Corporation - the largest, international financial services conglomerate in the region. He is also a director of British telecom giant Cable and Wireless. He is Chairman of The University of the West Indies Press, and served as a director of the West Indies Cricket Board, and was a director of West Indies Cricket World Cup Inc. He is founder and director of the CLR James Centre for Cricket Research, and was founder director of the Sagicor West Indies Cricket Academy. He is Vice President of the Commonwealth Advisory Body of Sport and Development which advises Sport Ministers on the planning of the Commonwealth Games. Sir Hilary is Chairman of the Caribbean Commission on Reparations, and is a member of United Nations Development Program Advisory Panel of the Caribbean Human Development Report.
Finally, Sir Hilary is an accomplished playwright with six of his staged works receiving popular acclaim.
Professor R Clive Landis, PhD
Professor R Clive Landis, who joined The UWI in 2004, has served as Deputy Principal of the Campus from 2015-2019; as University Pro Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies from 2019-2021 and Chair of the UWI Zika Task Force in 2016. He is also currently Chair of the UWI COVID-19 Task Force, having assumed the role since February 2020. Professor Landis assumed the Principalship of the Cave Hill Campus for a period of five years with effect from August 01, 2021.
Nearly two decades ago when Professor Landis began his service at The UWI, after relocating from Imperial College London, he took up a post as Senior Lecturer in the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC) at Cave Hill. In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Professor in Cardiovascular Research and was appointed Director of the GA-CDRC in 2013.
Professor Landis has published over 150 scientific papers and conference presentations, the majority arising from research conducted at the Edmund Cohen Vascular Research Laboratory that he founded as an annex at the GA-CDRC.
His research has focused on the role of inflammation during wound healing, vascular disease, and recovery post-surgery. A more recent interest has been viral and public health research: established viruses such as HIV as well as emerging viruses such as ZIKV and SARS-CoV-2.
Professor Landis’ interest in HIV has revolved around the Immunology PhD programme that he founded at Cave Hill as well as a sixteen-year collaboration with the public HIV laboratory. He has published joint scientific papers with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and accepted appointment as Honorary Director of the government HIV laboratory from 2011–2018. During this time, he led the laboratory through accreditation cycles with the College of American Pathologists. He has also helped expand Regional laboratory capacity as Chairman of the Caribbean Cytometry & Analytical Society.
As Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force, Professor Landis has published policy papers and technical reports analyzing the comparative effectiveness of the pandemic response by CARICOM. He has pledged to continue his chairmanship of the Task Force until the pandemic is declared over by the World Health Organization.
Together with his experience as a senior university administrator, Professor Landis brings an imbued sense of the importance to place students at the centre of all the University does, along with a distinguished track record of teaching, research, and outreach.
A dual citizen of the UK and Barbados, Professor Landis grew up in Switzerland, and is a fluent German speaker. He is married to Julie Landis, and has three children: Matthew, Christopher and Nicholas.
Professor Densil A. Williams
Densil A. Williams is Professor of International Business and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Industry/Academic Partnerships and Planning at the UWI and also Principal of the Five Islands Campus at the UWI. He is the former Executive Director of Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) at the UWI, Mona Campus, the largest Business School in the Caribbean. He obtained a BSc degree with first class honours in Economics and Management Studies, a MSc degree in International Business from the UWI between 1996-2001. In 2006, he obtained a Ph.D. in International Business and Strategy from Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, in the UK. He is the youngest person to be promoted to the rank of Professor in the history of the UWI, Mona Campus and also, the first person in the over 40year history of Business and Management Education at the UWI, Mona Campus to be promoted to the rank of Professor.
Since his first academic appointment in 2006, he has published over 60 refereed works on economic development, small firms’ strategy and economic competitiveness in academic journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. He is the author of five books, two of which won outstanding research awards at the UWI. He was also awarded the prize for the most outstanding researcher in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the UWI, Mona Campus in 2013 and 2015.
At MSBM, Densil led a number of transformational initiatives in administrative processes, research and innovation and, teaching and learning. For example, he spear- headed the establishment of the First Bloomberg Finance lab in a Business School in the Caribbean. The lab went on to win the UK based, Association of MBA (AMBA) award for Innovation in 2018. The various initiatives led to the school achieving strong improvements in its financial performance and also; an increased public profile. Under his leadership; the school won a number of International and National awards, chief among them is the Best of Chamber, Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (Small Business Category) in 2015.
Densil serves on a number of Boards as Chairman, Deputy Chairman and, Director in the public and private sectors in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region. Before joining academia in 2006, he worked as a Business Analyst in Strategy and Transformation at Cable and Wireless Jamaica. He has delivered keynote addresses at many conferences both in the public and private sectors in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australacia.
He was a Jamaica Government Exhibition Scholar, A Jamaica Flour Mills Scholar, a Lome IV Scholar and, A Commonwealth Scholar.
Professor Dale Webber
Professor Dale Webber was appointed to the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Mona Campus, at The University of the West Indies (UWI) with effect August 1, 2018 having served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research between August 1 2015 and July 31, 2018.
Professor Webber has had a distinguished career in Coastal Ecology and Environmental Management and a strong and consistent record of teaching, graduate supervision, administration and research excellence which spans 30 years of service with The UWI.
He joined The UWI in 1989 as Warden of Taylor Hall (of residence) at the Mona Campus. In 1991, he moved to become Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, was promoted in 2003 to a Senior Lecturer and then to the rank of Professor in 2010. Between 2003 and 2007, Professor Webber served as Head of the Department of Life Sciences and served as Associate Dean Undergraduate Matters 1997 to 2001 and Associate Dean Graduate Matters 2008 to 2009. From 1992 to 2001, he was the Assistant Director for the Centre for Marine Sciences at Mona, and returned as Director from 2005 to 2015, and held the Grace Kennedy’s James Moss-Solomon Snr. Chair in Environmental Management from 2010 to 2015 as Director of the Centre for Environmental Management. In 2015, Professor Webber was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies. His portfolio expanded to Graduate Studies and Research in 2016 when the graduate studies and research portfolios merged.
Professor Webber also has an excellent record of public service, serving as Chairman, Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) Board of Directors, Convener of the CAPE Environmental Sciences Panel for the Caribbean Examination Council, Chairman of CL Environmental Company and Chairman of Jamaica’s Climate Change Advisory Board. At the national level, his effective engagement with the private and public sector is well-known. Particularly, in the environmental private sector, Professor Webber led the transformation and operation of the EFJ, as the largest environmental grant/donor organisation in Jamaica, and as its Chairman, oversaw its successful merger with Forest Conservation Fund (FCF).
As an academic and a researcher, Professor Webber has produced seven book chapters and thirty-five publications in peer-reviewed journals. He has presented his research findings at conferences locally, regionally and internationally and has written over twenty technical reports for the governments of the Caribbean and attracted approximately US$2.5 million in research grants over the past 20 years. He has supervised 21 MSc, 27 MPhil and 15 PhD students to successful completion across a range of interests, from water quality and coastal ecology to oceanography, ecosystem modelling and the effectiveness of multilateral environmental agreements in environmental management.
Dale is married to UWI Marine Ecologist Professor Mona Webber and they have two daughters, Marissa and Deanna both at University pursuing degrees in Environmental Engineering and Oceanography respectively.
Dr Francis Severin
Dr Francis Severin is the Interim Principal of the Open Campus effective August 1, 2021.
Dr Severin, a national of Dominica, has had a long and distinguished career with The UWI. He was previously the Deputy Principal of the Open Campus, a position he has held from August 1, 2020.
Prior to being the Deputy Principal, he served as Director of Open Campus Country Sites (OCCS) from October 2013, having acted for long intervals in that post prior to that date. He served The UWI part-time as local Tutor in The UWI Distance Education (UWIDEC) Programme, School of Continuing Studies (SCS), in Dominica from 1994 to 1998, facilitating the courses: Introduction to Caribbean History for Law and Social Sciences and Introduction to Sociology of the Caribbean.
On January 1, 1999, he was appointed to his first full-time role in The UWI as Programme Officer in the Office of Administration and Special Initiatives (OASIs), headed by Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Marlene Hamilton, who was the Mona Campus’s first female Deputy Principal and first woman ever to be appointed as PVC at The UWI. OASIs was a Centre Unit in the Vice Chancellery, headquartered then on the Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica.
In August 2005, Dr Severin returned to Dominica to take up the post of Resident Tutor and Head, School of Continuing Studies. While in that post he participated in the historical transition from the former entities that comprised the Board for Non-Campus Countries and Distance Education (NCC’s & DE) to the Open Campus.
Dr Severin graduated from The UWI Cave Hill Campus in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Social Studies with Education. He went on to complete his postgraduate studies at The UWI Mona Campus: in 1998 with the MSc in Sociology specializing in Social Policy and Administration, followed by a PhD in Education, in 2006.
Dr Severin has served on numerous Campus and University boards and committees, including: University Council; University Appointments Committee; Board for Undergraduate Studies (BUS); Board for Graduate Studies and Research (BGSR); Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC); Open Campus Academic Board; Senate Committee on Ordinances and Regulations (SCOR); Campus Evaluations & Promotions Committee (EPC); Campus Appointments Committee (CAC); University and Campus ICT Steering Committees; University Executive Management Team; and the University Senate and Library Evaluations and Promotions Committee.
Dr. Severin was the Chair of the Committee of Deans in academic year 2019-2020 and has been the Open Campus’ Public Orator since 2010.
Professor Brian Copeland
Professor Copeland graduated from The UWI St. Augustine with a BSc in Electrical Engineering in 1978, with an MSc in Electrical Engineering (Control Systems) from the University of Toronto in 1981 and with a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Control Systems) from the University of Southern California in 1990. He has been a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at The University of West Indies from 2007 to 2015. He was Head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The UWI from 1997 to 2007. He has lectured in Digital Electronics and Microprocessor Systems Design and Control Systems.
He was Coordinator of the Real Time Systems Group, a UWI unit for developing university/industry liaison through impactful R&D Projects. At the RTSG, Professor Copeland was Project Leader for design and construction of the Electronic Scoreboard at the Queen's Park Oval. He currently co-ordinates the Steelpan Initiatives Project (SIP) which saw the development and patenting of the G-Pan, a re-engineered form of the traditional steelpan, as well as the Percussive Harmonic instrument (P.H.I.), an electronic form of the traditional steelpan. Professor Copeland is Convener of the Steelpan Research Centre, UWI and is a former Member of the Board of Directors, CARIRI.
Professor Copeland has won many prestigious awards. In 2008 he was the first recipient of the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and in 2007 he was joint recipient of the Chaconia Medal Gold as a member of the G-Pan development team. He received the Guardian Life Premium Teaching Award in 2002, the BP/AMOCO Fellowship Award for Senior Academic Staff at The UWI, 2001 and a LASPAU/Fulbright scholarship for Doctoral program at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1987 among others.
Professor Copeland's appointment will be for a period of five years, effective July 1, 2016.