UG appoints new Chancellor

— Former CARICOM Deputy-Secretary-General Prof. Edward Greene is UG’s Chancellor-elect

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, November 12, 2019

The University of Guyana’s (UG) Council on Saturday, November 9, 2019, concluded its year-long search for a new Chancellor following the end of Chancellor Emeritus Nigel Harris’ term in November 2018.

John Edward Greene, UG’s Chancellor-Elect

According to a press release from the University of Guyana (UG), the new Chancellor-elect is Professor Edward Greene, former UN Special Envoy and CARICOM Deputy-Secretary General. Professor Greene is expected to be installed in a simple ceremony during this year’s Convocation exercise at 10am on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

Professor Greene is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the think-tank, Global Frontier Development and Advisory Services (GOFAD). He was also a former UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV in the Caribbean (2012-2017). The Professor also served as Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, at the Caribbean Community Secretariat (2000-2010) and Senior Adviser, Public Policy, Health and Human Development, PAHO/WHO (1995-1999).

His distinguished academic career at UWI included: service as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Development and Alumni Relations; University Director, Institute of Social and Economic Relations (ISER); Interim Director, Consortium Graduate School for the Social Sciences in the Caribbean (1984-1986); and appointments to the rank of Professor (1988), and Inaugural Professorial Fellow, ISER (1994). He holds a B.Sc. in Economics (University of London), MSc Political Economy (Mc Master University), and PhD (University of British Columbia) and held visiting Professorships at UCLA, University of Havana, and University of British Columbia.

Professor Green is the recipient of numerous awards, including national honours Golden Arrow of Achievement from Guyana and the second-highest honour, the Yellow Star from Suriname. He also received the prestigious PAHO/WHO Award for Administration in Public Health (2011); the Sir Phillip Sherlock Award from the University of the West Indies and University of Technology, Jamaica for outstanding contribution to Health and Development (2012); the Institute of Caribbean Studies, Caribbean American Heritage Award for Public Service (2016); and the Honorary Doctor of Laws from UWI for outstanding academic and public service (2017).


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