Former Colleagues and Years-long Friends Celebrate the Commemoration of Professor Sir Kenneth Octavius Hall

Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, Professor Densil Williams (second left) shares a smile and the frame with Former Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall and Lady Hall (centre, second right), the Mona Campus Registrar Dr. Donavon Stanberry (left), Minister of State in the Ministry of Education and Youth, Hon. Marsha Smith (centre), and former Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Peter Phillips (right) at the official building dedication ceremony for the Kenneth O. Hall Administration Building held at the Undercroft, UWI Mona Campus, recently. 

Professor Sir Kenneth Octavius Hall expressed his deep gratitude and pride during a commemoration ceremony where the university honoured him by renaming the Mona Campus Annex Building to the Kenneth Hall Administration Building. The event brought together former colleagues, years-long friends, and esteemed guests to celebrate the remarkable legacy of The Most Honourable Professor, Sir Kenneth Octavius Hall, ON, GCMG, OJ.
As the Guest Speaker and a close friend of Professor Hall, Member of Parliament Dr Peter Phillips delivered a heartfelt address, acknowledging the significance of the ceremony and highlighting the inspiring contributions of Professor Hall to the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean region.
Expressing a profound sense of privilege and honour, Dr Phillips remarked, "We are gathered here not only to name a building in his honour but to express the deep and abiding appreciation that we feel as a generation regarding his contribution to the University of the West Indies, to Jamaica, and the Caribbean region as a whole."
Dr Phillips continued by reflecting on the challenges ahead, stating, "History is now placing a fresh set of challenges to be confronted and overcome before us. New pioneers are being summoned. Fortunately, they can go forward bolstered and inspired by the accomplishments and examples of people like Kenneth Hall, who led the generations before."
The Kenneth Hall Administration Building, conceived under Professor Hall's guidance, is a testament to his visionary leadership. The building addresses the diverse needs of students, staff, and visitors, serving as a vital administrative centre. Its creation reflects Professor Hall's commitment to envisioning a contemporary human resource complex that transformed the UWI Mona Campus.
Archbishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Howard Gregory, also shared his reflections on witnessing the transformation led by Sir Kenneth during his tenure as the principal. He expressed, "I saw him operate and lead the university in monumental ways, including through our academic program changes and modernising the institution. He played a tremendous role in developing it to where it is today."
The event was attended by esteemed guests, including former Prime Minister The Most Honourable PJ Patterson, State Minister of Ministry of Education and Youth The Honourable Marsha Smith, Leader of the Opposition The Honourable Mark Golding, former Minister and Academic Omar Davis, along with Professor Hall's closest friends, relatives, and proud members of the Hanoverian community.
"He is a transformational leader in that he introduced several policies and practices that changed how we engage students and how lecturers saw their work. He was responsible for quite a bit of the development of the infrastructure on the campus. When he was principal, I was a lecturer, and he was a teacher, and it positively impacted how I could do my work on campus. Today, we've recognised Sir Kenneth by naming a building in his honour, a building that he was very pivotal in making sure was erected," shared Former Deputy Principal Ian Boxill.
The commemoration ceremony honoured Professor Sir Kenneth Octavius Hall's exceptional contributions and celebrated the enduring friendships and shared memories that have shaped the university and its community.