July 25, 2012:
During its 2012 round of graduation ceremonies which begin in October and continue through November, The University of the West Indies (UWI) will confer a total of 20 honorary doctorates. The following persons, who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers and public service, will receive honorary degrees:
UWI MONA, JAMAICA
Mrs Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose – Sculptor, Art Educator, Painter, Jamaica/USA DLitt
Dr George Eaton – Trade Union and Labour Educator, Jamaica/USA LLD
Mr Lowell Hawthorne – Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Jamaica LLD
Mr Vincent HoSang – Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Jamaica LLD
Professor Emeritus Errol Miller – Public Servant, Educator, Jamaica LLD
Mrs Joyce Spencer – Administrator, Service to the Spirit Industry, Jamaica LLD
Professor Emeritus Hugh Wynter – Researcher, Educator, Jamaica DSc
UWI ST AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Mr Ronald Harford – Banker, Trinidad & Tobago LLD
Father Clyde Harvey – Theologian, Trinidad & Tobago LLD
Mr Alloy Lequay – Politician, Sports Administrator, Trinidad & Tobago LLD
Mr Davan Maharaj – Journalist, Trinidad & Tobago DLitt
Mrs Maureen Manchouck – Public Servant, Administrator, Trinidad & Tobago LLD
Mr Michael Mansoor – Banker, Trinidad & Tobago LLD
Mrs Therese Mills – Journalist, Trinidad & Tobago DLitt
Dr. Deokinanan Sharma – Engineer, Cultural Activist, Trinidad & Tobago LLD
UWI CAVE HILL, BARBADOS
Mr Anthony “Mighty Gabby” Carter – Singer, Song-writer, Musician, Barbados DLitt
Mr Doudou Diène – Entrepreneur, Senegal LLD
Mr James Husbands – Entrepreneur, Barbados LLD
UWI OPEN, ST KITTS
Mr Adrian Augier – Visual Artist, Poet, St Lucia DLitt
Dr Lennox Honychurch – Historian, Dominica LLD
These degrees will be conferred by UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne, at graduation exercises beginning with the Open Campus ceremony to be held in St Kitts on October 13, and moving across the islands to Cave Hill, Barbados on October 20, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago from October 25 through 27, and Mona, Jamaica on November 2 and 3. As is customary, one of the honorary graduands will be asked to address audiences at each of the graduation ceremonies.
More information on the speakers, dates, times and other related activities will be forthcoming from the relevant campus Marketing & Communication Offices.
About the Honorary Graduands
Mrs Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose – DLitt
Born in Glasgow in 1933, the second of four children in a family noted for their artistic and intellectual gifts, Mrs Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose has contributed tremendously to the cultural development of her adoptive country Jamaica, as an art educator, portraitist, painter, sculptor, actress and set designer. As an art educator, she nurtured and honed the skills of many of Jamaica’s renowned artists, such as Hope Brooks, Carol Crichton and Philip Supersad, among others. Described by Edna Manley as “Jamaica’s best portrait painter”, Mrs Bloomfield-Ambrose has painted portraits of major Jamaican political figures and businessmen. Her work includes the official portraits of four of The UWI’s Vice Chancellors, and the iconic full statue of UWI founder, Sir Philip Sherlock. She is a much sought-after portraitist because of her extraordinary talent to reach beyond the surface of her subjects, and convey their inner personalities in her paintings. Mrs Bloomfield-Ambrose has also contributed to the performing arts in Jamaica as an actress and set designer, appearing in many stage productions in the ’60s and ’70s. To look at Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose’s treasury of art is to see Jamaica as it unfolded in those defining years between the move to independence and the emergence of nationhood. Though she no longer resides in Jamaica, she returns often to participate in art exhibitions and undertake commissioned work. She continues to make her mark as a sculptor in the United States, where she now lives.
Professor George Eaton – LLD
Professor George Eaton has made outstanding contributions to the Caribbean in the field of Labour and Economic Development; he is responsible for the building of much of the Caribbean’s Civil Service. His contribution to the development of workers’ education institutions as well as his influence with respect to the economic development of some Caribbean islands is renowned. Professor Eaton played a major role in the establishment of The UWI’s Trade Union Education Institute; he launched the Annual Education Programme of the Barbados Workers’ Union; and also helped in drafting the Jamaican Government’s Fair Labour Code. By the late 1960s he had established himself as a leading authority in labour relations and labour economics in the Caribbean and internationally. Professor Eaton has served on numerous technical cooperation missions and consultancies focusing on administrative reform and institutional strengthening in Jamaica, Latin America, Western Europe and Asia. He is also the author of several books, reports and articles on trade union development in Jamaica and the Caribbean Region, the role of the Jamaican and Caribbean Labour Movements in Caribbean Regional Integration, and Industrial relations systems and practices.
Mr Lowell Hawthorne – LLD
Lowell Hawthorne demonstrates how individuals from humble Caribbean backgrounds can, through the dint of hard work, good sense and entrepreneurship, achieve remarkable success in the most competitive environments. As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr Hawthorne has made significant contributions to The UWI and Jamaica as a whole. Born in Jamaica and educated up to the secondary level, he migrated to the US in 1981, with a dream of working for a year to earn enough to purchase a minivan and start a business on his return to Jamaica. His sojourn however extended beyond the year he intended. By the late ’80s, he started a “patty business, and over the next two decades, Mr Hawthorne built the Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill Inc., an enterprise that grosses more than US $100 million in annual sales and now has 122 branches across nine states in the USA. This achievement has been recognised both in the US and the Caribbean through numerous awards, including Entrepreneur of the Year for the Tri-State Area in 2001, Top Franchise Opportunities in the Nation by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2008, Man of the Year by Gleaner’s North American edition and the Jamaica Observer Business Heads Award in 2010. Far more than a successful businessman, Mr Hawthorne invests heavily in the education of students both in Jamaica and the USA. His business contributes sizeable endowments and scholarships to high school students in Jamaica and to university students, primarily from the Caribbean diaspora in the USA. Mr Hawthorne is currently the Chair of the American Foundation for UWI’s (AFUWI) Partnership Board.
Mr Vincent HoSang – LLD
Chinese Jamaican entrepreneur Vincent HoSang’s generosity has helped many institutions expand and students excel. Mr HoSang is the President and CEO of Royal Caribbean Bakery and Caribbean Food Delights. Described as one who epitomizes the essentials of entrepreneurship, vision, courage, commitment and risk-taking, Mr HoSang has received several honours for his business acumen. In 2010, Mr HoSang was awarded the First Commonwealth Award by the St George’s Society of New York, instituted to recognise the growing contributions of the Commonwealth immigrant population to New York City. He was nominated for the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award in 2011. In that same year he was recognised by Wal-Mart as one its best minority suppliers. Mr HoSang is also well known for his charitable contributions and has received many accolades for his untiring work and dedication to nation building, through his unselfish giving to the children of Jamaica in sport and education; and for his dedication, commitment and compassion to the community. Through the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation he gives thousands of dollars annually for student scholarships and donations to institutions and community organisations like the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica, and his contribution of a state-of-the-art medical bus to bring services to Jamaica’s poor rural communities.
Professor Emeritus Errol Miller – Public Servant, Educator, Jamaica – LLD
Errol Laurence Miller OJ is described as a visionary, consummate educator, scholar, trailblazer, nation builder, Caribbean man, committed church leader and family man. Not only did he pioneer the online delivery of UWI programmes at the School of Education, as a trailblazer, he has racked up a number offirsts: the first graduate of both the UWI Masters and PhD in Education programmes; the first non-Englishman appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Lady Mico Charity in England; Jamaica’s youngest Permanent Secretary and the first educator from the Commonwealth Caribbean to receive the Andres Bello Award of the Organization of American States for contribution to Education. Professor Miller has served on numerous boards and in many capacities including Chairman of the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation and National Committee of Libraries, Archives and Documentation Services, Independent Senator in the Jamaican Parliament, founding President of the Jamaica Association of Teacher Educators and President of the Jamaica Teachers Association. More recently as Chairman of the Electoral Advisory Committee of Jamaica, Professor Miller has been at the forefront of Jamaica’s achievement of consistently fair and peaceful General Elections. In the wider Caribbean and the international community, Professor Miller has served major international agencies funding education, such as the World Bank, UNESCO, UNDP, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, International Development Research Centre, the British Department for International Development, the European Union and the United States Agencies for International Development.
Mrs Joy Spence – LLD
Mrs Joy Spence has the distinction of being the first woman to hold the position of Master Blender in the Jamaican Rum industry. According to her, rum-making is a perfect balance of art and science, and so intricately intertwined that it is difficult to pinpoint where the science stops and the art begins. She fell in love with chemistry at age 13 and set her mind on a career as a scientist. The UWI Alumna taught high school chemistry and was also a lecturer at the College of Arts, Science and Technology (now the University of Technology, Jamaica) before moving to England to pursue a Master of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Loughborough where she excelled, earning the highest exams score ever achieved by a student at the time. She returned to Jamaica and to lecturing, and in 1979 switched careers to work as a Research and Development Chemist at Estate Industries Limited, the producers of Tia Maria Liqueur. Mrs Spence joined Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum as Chief Chemist in 1981, and held a series of key positions before she was appointed General Manager, Technical and Quality Services in 1996, a position she still holds along with that of Master Blender, which she took up in 1997. She is also a Director of the Jamaica Bureau of Standards Foundation. In 2005, Mrs Spence was honoured by the Government of Jamaica with the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer, (OD) for her service to Industry. In 2011, she received the Rum Experience Pioneer’s Award for outstanding rum achievement at the Golden Rum Barrel Awards. Mrs Spence is committed to promoting science in schools and frequently gives motivational speeches at high schools, colleges and universities across Jamaica.
Professor Emeritus Hugh Wynter – DSc
Professor Hugh Wynter is currently Professor Emeritus of The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus; a post to which he was appointed in 2003. An early graduate of the University College of the West Indies, Professor Wynter spent his entire career at the University and has the distinction of being the first of the University’s graduates to be appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from 1973-1984. His pioneering research in the field of fertility management has been published in a number of distinguished regional and international medical journals. Professor Wynter founded the Advanced Training and Research in Fertility Management Programme in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1979. He has been a member of the Board, Faculty of Medicine since 1967 and the Jamaica National Family Planning Board since 1980 as well as an Overseas Examiner in the Membership Examination (MRCOG) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Professor Wynter has been the recipient of numerous awards for meritorious service among which are the Order of Jamaica in 1991, the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in the area of Public Service (1994) and the United Nations Population Award – Laureate (1998).
CAVE HILL CAMPUS
Mr Anthony “Mighty Gabby” Carter – DLitt
Perhaps more well known as legendary Bajan calypsonian, “Mighty Gabby”, Mr Anthony Carter is also a singer, songwriter, guitarist, playwright, recording artist, folk artist and Cultural Ambassador whose career has spanned over 40 years. He was awarded Folk Singer of the Year for three consecutive years in 1977, 1978, 1979; was crowned Calypso Monarch of Barbados on seven occasions and won the Tune of the Crop Competition (Road March) in 1979 and 1982. In 2005, Mr Carter was awarded the National Hero Award and received the Living Legend Award at the inaugural Barbados Music Awards in 2006. An outspoken Pan-Africanist, he was named a Nigerian chief and given the name Omowale, which means “our son has returned.”
Mr Doudou Diène – LLD
Mr Doudou Diène began his illustrious career as deputy representative of Senegal to UNESCO in 1972, a position he held until 1977, when he joined the UNESCO Secretariat. Three years later, he was appointed Director of the Liaison Office with the United Nations, Permanent Missions and United Nations departments in New York. Between 1985 and 1987, Mr Diène served as the Deputy Assistant Director-General for External Relations, spokesperson for the Director-General and acting Director of the Bureau of Public Information. He was appointed Director of the Division of Intercultural Projects in 1993 and directed a number of projects on intercultural dialogue among which are the Slave Route, Routes of Faith, Routes of al-Andalus, and Iron Roads in Africa. From 2002-2008 Mr Diène served as the United Nations Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, a mandate that was later extended to the Human Rights Council. Mr Diène is a prolific author with his works published in prestigious journals such as Archaeologia, Historia, Sciences et Vie and Actualité des Religions.
Mr James Husbands – LLD
Mr James Husbands is the founder of one of the world’s leading solar water heating companies. His Barbadian company, Solar Dynamics, was founded without prior experience in the industry, and is now considered to be the regional authority of water heaters. After extensive research, Mr Husbands has significantly excelled in the production of solar water heaters resulting in his receipt of awards such as a Gold Crown of Merit by the Barbados Government, the Anthony N. Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the year for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. His solar water heaters are also recognized by the Barbados Investment Development Corporation, as being the single innovation that has had the greatest impact on the landscape of Barbados in the last 50 years. Mr Husbands has served on the executive of the Caribbean Solar Energy Society for almost 20 years; and has established programmes to aid students and entrepreneurs with small-to-medium sized businesses in the field of manufacturing.
ST AUGUSTINE CAMPUS
Mrs Therese Mills – DLitt
Mrs Therese Mills became the first female editor of a national newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago when she was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Trinidad Guardian in 1989. After decades as a journalist—from reporter to senior feature writer to editor—she retired from that newspaper and began another chapter in her career. In the paper she founded in 1993, Newsday, Mrs Mills injected not only formidable energy, but her considerable experience and almost 20 years later, the paper’s phenomenal success is a tribute to her. Mrs Mills was a founding member of the Commonwealth Journalists Association, and has won many regional awards during her pioneering career. Her service to journalism was recognised with the national award of the Humming Bird medal in 1987, and a Long Service to Journalism Award in 1997 from the Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago. She has published several books for children and young readers. She is the executive chairman, editor-in-chief and director of Daily News Ltd, publishers of Newsday.
Mr Deokinanan Sharma – LLD
The recipient of a Humming Bird Gold medal for his cultural contribution, Mr Deokinanan Sharma, was a founder of the Divali Nagar and was a major force in the birth of the National Council of Indian Culture, which he has served as President since 2000. His contribution to cultural development spans a number of activities, such as the funding of an Indian orchestra in Debe in 1955. He has been an executive member of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha and the National Hindu Youth Organisation and was co-founder of the St Patrick Lions Club. Mr Sharma was trained as a civil engineer and worked for nearly 40 years in that capacity.
Mr Davan Maharaj – DLitt
Mr Davan Maharaj began his career in journalism at the Trinidad Express in 1980. After tertiary studies in the US in Political Studies, followed by a Masters’ Programme for Studies in Law at Yale Law School, he settled at the LA Times, where he began in 1989 as a staff writer for the Metro and Business sections. Two years later, he was promoted to Africa Bureau Chief, where he ran the Nairobi and Johannesburg bureaus, and wrote the award-winning series: “Living on Pennies” about life in poverty for hundreds of millions of Africans. He then spent a year as Assistant Foreign Editor, where he edited stories about Russia that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. For two years, he was Deputy Business Editor before taking over as Business Editor in 2007. From 2008 to 2011, Mr Maharaj was Managing Editor of the paper, with a newsroom of more than 700 people and a budget of US$100 million. He oversaw the coverage of two wars, the global financial crisis and the historic 2008 presidential election in the US. In 2011, he was named Editor of the Los Angeles Times, one of the world’s largest newspapers.
Mr Ronald Harford – LLD
Mr Ronald Harford is chairman of Republic Bank Ltd, where he has worked for 47 years. Apart from being a career banker, which contribution was recognised in 2010 with the Chaconia Medal (Gold), Mr Harford has been an exemplar in terms of mobilising corporate support for national development programmes. With his encouragement the first phase of the Brian Lara Promenade was funded from the country’s five commercial banks. He was also the driving force in the formation of the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago and Infolink Services Company Ltd, which saw all commercial banks cooperating to provide shared services. A Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Bankers, the Institute of Banking of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Association of Banking and Finance, Mr Harford is also Chairman of the Barbados National Bank Inc, Republic Bank Trinidad and Tobago (Barbados) Ltd, Republic Bank (Grenada) Ltd and The University of the West Indies (St. Augustine) Development and Endowment Fund.
Father Clyde Harvey – LLD
Father Clyde Harvey steps out of the pulpit often as he crusades to bring a voice of wisdom and reason to a society that often needs it. A vocal man, known at St Mary’s College where he represented the school in basketball and public speaking, as one of “the last Greeks,” he entered the Seminary at St John Vianney in 1967. His undergraduate work at The UWI was in Politics and Sociology and his Master’s degree in Theology came from the Catholic University of Louvain. Father Harvey’s post graduate work was in comparative religion, and in June 1976 he was ordained as a priest by Archbishop Anthony Pantin. He is deeply involved in community services and issues. In 1979, he co-founded LIFELINE, now a hotline for suicidal and distressed people. He founded two HIV support organisations, Community Action Resource (CARe) and South AIDS Support. Father Harvey chairs the Morris Marshall Development Fund, which provides educational and personal development opportunities to the Laventille Community, as well as Community Intervention for Transformation and Empowerment. He is also a partner in the Pride in Gonzales Initiative. As parish priest in East Port of Spain, he works tirelessly to help communities in the fight against crime and violence. He is well known for his powerful social commentaries.
Mr Alloy Lequay – LLD
Mr Alloy Lequay has been a sports administrator since the 1940s, and has given political service to Trinidad and Tobagofor many years. He has documented these periods in the genres of autobiography, sport history and political narrative, leaving useful and informative accounts for posterity. He has contributed towards the organisational structure of table tennis and cricket, being one of the founders of the Table Tennis Association, a member of the West Indies Cricket Board of Control and head of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board of Control. His remarkable administrative skills pushed him as a natural choice for the many bodies on which he served: he was a member of the National Sports Council, Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Olympics, and a member of the Task Force appointed to draft a national sports policy in 1998. He has served as a Member of Parliament (South Naparima 1966), and was twice nominated to the Senate.
Mrs Maureen Manchouck – LLD
Mrs Maureen Manchouck is the current president of NIHERST (the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology), a post she has held since 1994, following a stint as acting president from 1990. She has been a driving force behind the popularisation of science and non-formal science education, overseeing such ventures as Yapollo, the mobile hands-on science exhibit, and the Caribbean Youth Science Forum which has become an annual event for sixth-form science students, and Sci-TechKnoFest, a science fair for all ages. At NIHERST, Mrs Manchouck was instrumental in developing national statistics on science, technology and innovation, which inform international and hemispheric databases, and which had not been done before in the English-speaking Caribbean. In 2003, as vice-chair of Trinidad and Tobago’s Vision 2020 Sub-Committee for Science and Technology, she was instrumental in reshaping the national development of science, technology and innovation. In tertiary education, Mrs Manchouck was part of the management team that oversaw the establishment of COSTAATT (College of Science, Technology and the Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago and the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions.
Mr Michael Mansoor – LLD
Mr Michael Mansoor, a former Chairman of the UWI St. Augustine Campus Council, is a banker by profession. He is currently the Executive Chairman of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Ltd, and is based in Barbados. Trained as a chartered accountant, Mr Mansoor has worked in very senior positions at Ernst & Young and ANSA McAl Ltd, as well as CIBC West Indies Holdings, where he was President and CEO, before moving to his current position. Mr Mansoor has done national service in various capacities. He was an Independent Senator from 1987 to 1995, where his main area of concern was legislation relating to economics, financial and business matters. From 1996 to 1998, he was chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission and subsequently, at Powergen.
Mr Adrian Augier– DLitt
An extraordinary blend of Visual Artist, Poet, Dramatist and Economist, Mr Adrian Augier is an esteemed contributor to the development of the arts in St Lucia and the region, and a highly respected economist and financial advisor. He has served in many significant roles in St Lucia, including Chief Economist in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Executive Director of the St Lucia Chamber of Commerce, and Economic Policy Advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister. But perhaps the more fascinating side of Mr Augier is the artistic one. A founding member of the Lighthouse Theatre Company and The Factory Creative Arts Centre in St Lucia, he has had tremendous impact on arts and culture in both his homeland and abroad. Augier has earned the reputation of being a bold speaker, fearless in his defence of the arts, providing leadership and personal support for young artistes. His brainchild, the annual Word Alive festival of performance poetry, creates a platform for the exposure of young poets and international artistes of Caribbean extraction. Augier’s talents as a designer and craftsman are displayed annually on the local carnival stage, but he is not limited to his homeland. He has also produced and directed large scale theatre productions including Navel String, a theatrical production which debuted in Senegal in December 2010, as part of the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture. Augier is also known for his often acerbic poetry and incisive writing, and has published five collections of poetry, among other published articles and papers. In addition to his multiple awards in St Lucian Carnival over the past 30 years, Augier received the Minvielle and Chastanet Fine Arts Awards for Literary Arts (1980, 1981, 1991 and 1994) and for Visual Arts (1992). He also received the Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce Award for Professional Service to Regional Private Sector Development (1992), the Caribbean Cacique Award for outstanding contribution to the development, integration and exploration of theatre in the region (2009) and the ANSA McAL Foundation Caribbean Award for Excellence (2010).
Dr Lennox Edward Honychurch – LLD
A citizen of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Dr Lennox Edward Honychurch has made significant contributions in the fields of Caribbean culture and history since 1981 and has published several books on Caribbean culture and history. He was the recipient of the Anthony Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence in 2011 and in 1987 Dominica’s second highest award, the Sisserou medal for meritorious service to Dominica. He has served on several boards, including as the President of the Dominica Conservation Association, Press Secretary to the Government of Dominica, Chairman of the Dominica National Cultural Council and as Director of Historic Restoration, Cabrits National Park in Dominica. Dr Honychurch has lent his expertise to The University of the West Indies in the capacity of Advisor of The Dominica University Centre, Extra Mural Department of The UWI and is currently a Staff Tutor at the UWI School of Continuing Studies.