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FST Alumnus Appointed President of UCC

Professor Colin Gyles , a seasoned higher education administrator with over 30 years of experience, has been appointed as the new president of the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), effective April 8, succeeding Professor Haldane Davies. He brings extensive leadership and academic expertise, having served as deputy president and acting president at the University of Technology (UTech).

Gyles' accomplishments include spearheading the rapid growth of UTech's student population to 12,000 annually and managing a budget of approximately J$10 billion. He holds a PhD in chemistry and has been a full professor of applied sciences since 2013. Gyles has received national honors and recognition for his contributions to academia, including the Order of Distinction and the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education.

His vision for UCC focuses on fostering leadership, innovation, and excellence in education, aligning with the evolving needs of Jamaica, the region, and the world. Gyles is committed to preparing students to become exceptional leaders, innovators, and scholars in an intellectually stimulating academic environment. Additionally, he has a strong track record in leading initiatives to enhance the student experience, staff development, and infrastructure.

As he takes on this new role, Gyles aims to lead UCC towards achieving its strategic goals and maintaining its reputation as an innovative and flexible higher education institution.

Professor Gyles pursued a Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry in the Faculty of Science and Technology, The University of the West Indies, Mona.

Photo caption: Newly appointed UCC President Professor Colin Gyles, exchanges greetings with Geraldine Adams, UCC’s Deputy Executive Chair.

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Published on 16 Apr, 2024

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