Sir Hilary Beckles

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, received the highest honor of the Governor General’s Award for Loyalty and Merit, the Cross and the Plaque.

Governor General Sir Rodney Williams, in conferring the award on the scholar, described him as a Caribbean giant who had a passion for people, a passion for progress, a passion for productivity and a passion for science. preservation of the region’s past treasures. .

UWI Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles (left) receiving the award from Governor General Sir Rodney Williams (Photo Office of the Governor General)

The Governor General said the honor was not only well deserved, but also timely, as the Vice Chancellor’s 40 years of service at UWI also coincides with Antigua’s 40th anniversary celebration. -Barbudae anniversary of political independence from Great Britain.

A statement from the Governor General’s Office said Sir Hilary received the honor at an investiture ceremony last Saturday and that the lengthy citation described the vice-chancellor’s many academic accolades and internationally recognized social contributions.

He said Sir Hilary had also been praised for his leadership at the regional university, as evidenced by the results of his triple A management strategy for access, alignment and agility. Thanks to this strategy, UWI was recently ranked in the Times Higher Education in the top 1.5% of universities ranked globally.

In his response, Sir Hilary expressed his heartfelt thanks to the Governor General for the honor and shared that divine intervention, the influence of his parents, mentors and his hard work team at UWI have all helped make him the West Indian man he is today.

In April, Sir Hilary’s contract as UWI vice-chancellor was renewed for a new six-year term despite opposition from the governments of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.