Public orators appointed at the University of the West Indies

Professor Brian Meeks. Photo credit:

PRESS RELEASE: Three new public orators have been appointed and one had his term renewed at The University of the West Indies.

Each campus of the UWI has its own public orator who prepares and delivers citations at University functions such as graduation and awards ceremonies and convocations.

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The public orator selected for the Cave Hill Campus is Mr Robert Leyshon, senior lecturer in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature to succeed the idiosyncratic Professor Henry Fraser, former Dean of the Cave Hill Faculty of Medical Sciences, who retires in July this year. Professor Brian Meeks, director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies will continue as public orator of the Mona Campus for another three-year term.

At the St Augustine Campus, the long-serving and highly respected Professor Barbara Lalla, who retires this year, is succeeded by Professor Surujpal Teelucksingh, Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, St Augustine as public orator for that campus; while Dr Francis Severin, Head of the Open Campus, Dominica, will succeed as public orator for the Open Campus Dr Lennox Bernard who retired last year.

University Council at its meeting on April 16th at the Cave Hill Campus confirmed these appointments.

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1 Comment

  1. Anonymous
    May 5, 2010

    Congratulations Mr Francis

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