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Passion for Leadership 4 THE PELICANISSUE 13 contents 6 A Vision Defined and Embraced By Sir George Alleyne Chancellor 10 Guarding Regionality 16 A Champion for Research 26 Faith in the Region By Joel Henry 32 Professor E. Nigel Harris Through the Years 42 Outreach 46 Inside the C-Suite 62 The Pelicans Rebirth page 46 page 16 page 42 THE PELICANISSUE 13 5 Editor and Creative Director Dr. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill Production Editor Maria Rivas-McMillan Editorial TeaM Elizabeth Buchanan-Hind Janet Caroo Cecile Clayton Celia Davidson-Francis Dr. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill Dr. Carroll Edwards Marcia Erskine Allison Fung Rhonda Jaipaul-OGarro Chelston Lovell Maria Rivas-McMillan Shyvonne Williams Photography Courtesy The University of the West Indies and Contributors Acknowledgement We sincerely thank the very many persons throughout The University community and beyond who willingly made a contribution in one way or another to the production of this memento magazine. On The Cover This issue is a tribute to retiring Vice- Chancellor Professor E. Nigel Harris. It highlights his work achievements and contributions to The University of the West Indies in the decade of his leadership. Our contributing writers tell the stories of their myriad interactions with Vice-Chancellor Harris. page 62 page 06 6 THE PELICANISSUE 13 By Sir George Alleyne Chancellor and A THE PELICANISSUE 13 7 Nigel Harris stood in a line of distinguished Vice-Chancellors the last three of whom I knew very well - AZ Preston Sir Allister Macintyre and the Hon Rex Nettleford and it was therefore natural to wonder what attributes and skills he would bring that would add lustre to the position which is so critical for the success of any University. The past ten years have shown that he has been a most worthy successor. 8 THE PELICANISSUE 13 He would pose a lofty but realistic vision for The University - a vision which embraced the centrality of its role as the pivotal and premier West Indian tertiary academic institution serving the governments and people of the Caribbean and dedicated to the substance rather than the rhetoric of excellence. DEFINED AND EMBRACED THE PELICANISSUE 13 9 I had known him well since the days he carried out his clinical training in medicine at The University of the West Indies while I was Chair of the Department of Medicine. I knew first hand of his exceptional clinical skills had followed his brilliant academic career abroad and was proud of him as he made significant discoveries in his chosen field of rheumatology. Others who knew him as Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine spoke confidently of his capacity as an academic administrator and it would be the last of these that would be put to the test in his capacity as our Vice-Chancellor. Decentralised organisations present special challenges and it has been a pleasure to see him confront these with determination and overcome them. He would pose a lofty but realistic vision for The Universitya vision which embraced the centrality of its role as the pivotal and premier West Indian tertiary academic institution serving the governments and people of the Caribbean and dedicated to the substance rather than the rhetoric of excellence. He would bring that sense of values and the vigour necessary to make that vision a reality. The movement from the conceptualisation to the realisation of the Open Campus must stand as one of his stellar achievements. By that development he completed the geographical regionalisation of The University as it sought to plant its roots more firmly and more widely in the Caribbean soil. His careful attention to the planning process and the development of strategic plans with measurable indicators within the manageable interests of The University will stand the institution in good stead through the years. The physical expansion of The University has been nothing short of spectacular and the construction at last of fitting headquarters for the regional institution has been a notable achievement. Professor Harris tenure has seen an almost vertiginous growth of the student body and this has been achieved with objective evidence that the quality of the product has not been tarnished in any way. Of course there have been problems. The University of the West Indies has not escaped the effects of the financial crisis which has affected the Caribbean countries which support The University. There have been the natural fissiparous tendencies inherent in decentralised organisations to be overcome. But throughout it all Nigel Harris has maintained his gaze firmly fixed on his vision for The Universitya vision he has never failed to communicate within the Caribbean and in the various international fora in which he has represented The UWI with a dignity and competence that have brought plaudits to him and credit to The University. I trust he leaves us with satisfaction that he has run a good race and kept the regional faith. I wish him and his wife Yvette every success in their future endeavours and I write with a conviction born of years of observation that he will ever be ready to help if called upon and will continue to be a proud ambassador for his University of the West Indies. 10 THE PELICANISSUE 13 THE PELICANISSUE 13 11 12 THE PELICANISSUE 13 As the Chair of CARICOM it is indeed an honour and privilege to extend well wishes to Professor E. Nigel Harris Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies as he demits that office. Professor Harris has had a stellar academic career at the university level regionally and internationally and is leaving his mark on the Caribbean Community. Unequivocally Professor Harris has been an ardent supporter of CARICOM and has sought to unite the CARICOM states through the programmes and initiatives of The University of the West Indies. One of his chief aims was to continue to ensure that The University provides education of an exceptional quality to the citizens of the Caribbean. In this regard he built on the reputation established by other distinguished predecessors who led The University in its 67 years existence. Professor Harris has been a proponent of highlighting the talents and expertise of Caribbean peoples and consistently emphasized and advocated the use of local professionals as opposed to contracting foreign professionals. He firmly believed in the abilities of Caribbean peoples and provided as many opportunities as possible for them to remain on the cutting edge and excel in their respective fields. Under his progressive leadership The Bahamas became home of the School of Clinical Medicine and Research and The Bahamian medical profession has been greatly impacted by the medical programme offerings of The University of the West Indies. During his tenure significant growth was experienced within the UWI Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management which has been a training ground for hospitality students throughout the region the pharmacy programme where aspiring pharmacists are able to study at home for two years before moving to Jamaica to complete their programme was established and the Open Campus expanded to afford many working individuals the flexibility of continuing their studies. Professor Harris has been instrumental in continuing the enrolment growth of The University and The University can now boast of an enrolment of approximately 50000 students. His focus on developing research initiatives has propelled The University to world-class standard as a research institution and there is no doubt that the quality of education offered is equal to that of the best universities in the world. Evidence abounds that The University has produced some of the most brilliant minds across the gamut of professions. Professor Harris was intentional and sometimes unorthodox in his approach always insisting on creating partnerships between governments in the region and The University to ensure that research was localized and representative of the local population. The presence of Professor Harris and his work at The University of the West Indies undoubtedly will have a ripple effect for generations to come. Professor Harris has served with distinction and leaves behind a great legacy that must be continued. An architect of ideas he has designed a blueprint of superior multi-campus programme offerings and has constructed bridges that have allowed us to not to be hindered by our archipelagic geography. He has been an exemplary citizen of CARICOM and Vice-Chancellor extraordinaire. On behalf of CARICOM and the Commonwealth of The Bahamas I wish Professor Harris all the best in his future endeavours and thank him for his sterling contributions to the growth and development of the Caribbean and The Bahamas. GuardingRegionality Perry Gladstone Christie Prime Minister Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Chairman of the Caribbean Community CARICOM THE PELICANISSUE 13 13 Professor Harris returned to the Caribbean and to The UWI with a determination to increase access to tertiary education in our region. He was a man in a hurry and immediately set about building the relationships necessary to realise his dream. His vision was to harness the power of modern technology to deliver high quality education across the Caribbean and beyond. We at the CDB immediately identified with his dream as we recognised the huge developmental potential in his approach of democratising the delivery whilst also enhancing its quality of Caribbean education. Never someone to dither when work was to be done Professor Harris toiled tirelessly to garner support for his vision of a single virtual university space and imbued all of us with his enthusiasm and determination to create a 21st century university for this region. We have already begun to see the early results of his efforts. UWI is beginning to make available higher-quality and more affordable course offerings to a larger number of students from non-campus territories and remote sites across the region. We were happy to provide substantial grant funding for the early work on the single virtual university space and soft loan financing for the enhancement of the Open Campus facilities in St. Lucia and in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I feel honoured to call Nigel Harris a colleague and a friend. He is leaving behind a solid platformfor us to continue to fashion the virtual university and radically transform university education in our region. At CDB we recommit to working alongside UWI to fully realise the Professors vision for the Caribbean. His vision was to harness the power of modern technology to deliver high quality education across the Caribbean and beyond. Dr Warren Smith President Caribbean Development Bank CDB 14 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Professor Rajesh Chandra Vice-Chancellor and President The University of the South Pacific Suva Fiji The University of the West Indies and the University of the South Pacific USP are unique responses to the need for higher education in small island countries. They both represent a far- sighted response to the problems of smallness isolation and lack of economies of scale and the powerful imperative of regional co-operation well before the issue of regional co-operation assumed common currency. Established ahead of USP and with its impressive intellectual tradition and accomplishments UWI has always been a source of inspiration and comparative perspective for us at USP. The two universities share much common ground and development strategies and there has been significant collaboration and co- operation between them. I am pleased that this collaboration has intensified during our terms together as Vice-Chancellors. It is an honour for me to let him and the readers of The Pelican know just what an impact Vice-Chancellor Harris has made internationally in the ten years of his tenure as the head of a very large institution so central to the development of so many countriesand an institution that is iconic for the Caribbean. Vice- Chancellor Harris has led UWI to greater heights of success raised its international profile and has strongly promoted the cause of small states and their universities. During Professor Harris tenure USP and UWI have worked together on various ACP-EU funded projects which have resulted in many student and staff exchanges. These exchanges in addition to being invaluable experiences for the individuals involved introduce new perspectives spark new research projects and generally invigorate scholarship. There has been a great deal of institutional cooperation in terms of projects and exchanges. Very constructive linkages have been forged between numerous academics. These benefited both our students and member countries through better-informed policy advice and practical research outputs. One very good example of co-operation between UWI and USP and other island universities is represented by the University Consortium of Small Island States UCSIS. This consortium began almost a decade ago. UWI has been the host of the consortium while USP has provided the Chair of the Programme Committee and is providing the IT support for the programmes offered by the consortium. The consortium is offering an online Masters degree in sustainable development that can make a major contribution to the sustainable development of small island states. In addition to this very visible cooperation USP and UWI have a strategic relationship based on our shared priorities of institutional growth quality improvement with enhanced research outputs and the use of cutting-edge ICT to broaden both access and achievement. TheUWIhasmadeoutstandingachievements intheseareas.ThefeedbackfromProfessorHarris who has guided his university to considerable success in these areas has been valuable. Our two universities with strong regional constituencies have a great deal in common and it makes sense that our approaches and challenges confront many of the same issues. We both serve regions GuardingRegionality THE PELICANISSUE 13 15 that urgently require more university graduates equipped with a robust knowledge base a faculty for critical thinking and the soft skills required by employers. During Professor Harris tenure enrolment at UWI doubled. We have greatly benefitted from the opportunities to understand how this was achieved since we are trying to raise the level of tertiary education participation in the Pacific Islands from their very low levels to moderate levels that are needed for success in an open knowledge-oriented global system. I am very impressed by the way Professor Harris achieved such enrolment targets for UWI and am optimistic that USP will be able to do so as well. While we are both believers in inclusive education we also believe that quality does not have to be compromised as numbers grow. During the recent ACU Workshop held on the side-lines of the ACU Marketing and Public Relations Awards in Scotland in August 2014 Professor Harris offered advice to USP as to how high-quality communications can support enrolmentgrowth. BysharingUWIsexperiences he has helped USP to be more efficient focused and successful in its communications. Distance educationnow under the umbrella of flexible learninghas been central to the work of both UWI and USP. We have followed slightly divergent paths in the provision of flexible learning but we have benefitted from our study of the success of UWIs Open Campus. I have been privileged in the past to give a keynote presentation on our flexible learning and USPNet our telecommunications umbrella that shares so much with UWIs ICT system. Most recently I was pleased to write a joint chapter with UWI colleagues on flexible learning at our two universities. I greatly respect Professor Harris achievements in terms of growing the quantity and quality of research at UWI. Research is the hallmark of an outstanding university and UWIs steadily improving research outputs including its many patents are certainly impressive. This is a source of inspiration for USP as we pursue more ambitious research outcomes. When Professor Harris assumed his role ten years ago there was a formal relationship between UWI and USP. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor previously I was privileged to be a part of the official relationship. During Professor Harris tenure I also became USPs Vice-Chancellor and witnessed his sterling efforts to deepen the linkages and see our interactions lead to more concrete outcomes. I believe that Professor Harris understood deeply the uniqueness of islands and the challenges of regionalism while being conscious of the importance of quality relevance internationalisation and financial sustainability. He possessed a clear vision for the future of UWI and its relationship with USP. We have an ally in each other a respected sounding board an inspiration and a source of advice experience and encouragement. I wish Professor Harris every success for the future and look forward to continuing to develop the relationship between our two regional universities that he has so faithfully nurtured. Professor Rajesh Chandra is Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific. Born in Maro in Nadroga Navosa Province Fiji he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the South Pacific with distinction and holds a PhD in IndustrialDevelopment Geography from the University of British Columbia. He is the author of more than 45 articles in academic journals and books. He is also the author or editor of five books including Industrialization and Development in the Third World and An Atlas of Fiji which is used as a textbook in all Fijian secondary schools. 16 THE PELICANISSUE 13 THE PELICANISSUE 13 17 Professor E. Nigel Harris research advocacy was one of the trademarks of his tenure as Vice-Chancellor. It began from his assumption of office in 2004 when he articulated the positioning he envisioned for The University in three firsts. One of these states that The UWI will be The institution that is first in the development of new knowledge unique to the Caribbean and Small Island States through research with a primary goal of contributing to growth development and transformation of the region. Professor Harris continued to ensure research was at the top of the agenda and he walked the talk by actively supporting numerous research initiatives. During his decade as Vice-Chancellor The UWI has received large research awards primarily from international funding agencies several of which address regional issues such as marine studies issues of sustainability in small island states agriculture and food security chronic non-communicable diseases HIVAIDS disaster risk reduction bio-safety renewable energy and other topics. He is of the firm belief that this is one of the ways in which The UWI could contribute to the development and stability of the Caribbean. In one of his messages during the 60th anniversary celebrations of The University he is quoted as saying At The University of the West Indies we have determined that it is not sufficient only to educate but we must also play a central role in research that can drive creation of new products and services as well as devise ways of addressing our most challenging problems. W. Andy Knight Director Institute of International Relations and Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean All I knew of Professor Harris when I joined The UWI in 2013 was what I had read onlinea brilliant scholar recognised globally for his distinguished record of medical research as a rheumatologist but also endowed with obvious administrative talent. He was able to combine his academic administrative and personal strengths to develop into an outstanding leader not only in the United States but also in the Caribbean. What I learned later was that Professor Harris was truly committed to recruiting the brightest and best from all over the globe to teach and research within The UWI system. He instinctively understood my desire to want to give back to a region which gave me so much in my formative years. After all Professor Harris was born in Guyana moved away to complete his post-secondary at Howard Yale and Pennsylvania and himself returned to the Caribbean to make his own outstanding contribution to The UWI and the region. From day one Professor Harris has been most genuinely supportive of my attempts to transform the IIR into a globally well-regarded interdisciplinary Caribbean regional think tank. We talked about the need for the Institute to resume THE PELICANISSUE 13 19 its rightful place as groomer of public intellectuals in this region. He wanted me to utilise my global contacts and networks to position the Institute as a major policy unit that could help Caribbean countries punch above their weight within multilateral institutions. He was very receptive to the idea of establishing a new peer-reviewed IIR journal The Caribbean Journal of International Relations and Diplomacy in order to cement our reputation as a serious research unit serving the entire UWI system. Under his watch I was able to build on the excellent work done in the Institute over the years and re-establish connections with bodies such as the ACS CARICOM CELAC and the OAS in the region. We developed close relationships with the diplomatic and consular corps present throughout the Caribbean and with multilateral institutions such as the United Nations System the Commonwealth and La Francophonie. We expanded our diplomatic dialogues introduced a numberofcuttingedgeandtopicalspecialseminars improved the quality and output of research and publications by staff and identified new areas of teaching areas such as Cuba-CARICOM relations even before the announcement by President Obama to put in motion the lifting of the decades old US embargo on that country. But one of the most rewarding developments was the establishment in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago of the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean on May 6 2014 now becoming the go-to facility for modern diplomatic training of Caribbean citizens. The Vice-Chancellor recognised intuitively the potentialcontributionthattheAcademycouldhave on preparing the next generation of diplomats to operate in the new intermestic environment that is more open than closed and more complex than at any other time in the history of diplomacy. Working with Vice-Chancellor Harris has certainly revealed that one can be an outstanding and active scholar a visionary leader a competent administrator and most importantly a sensitive caring human being all wrapped up into one. I consider the Vice-Chancellor as more than an avid cheerleader. He has been a true mentor and friend. Working with Vice-Chancellor Harris has certainly revealed that one can be an outstanding and active scholar a visionary leader a competent administrator and most importantly a sensitive caring human being all wrapped up into one. Professor Verene Shepherd Director Institute of Gender and Development Studies IGDS The Institute for Gender and D e v e l o p m e n t Studies joins with other UWI colleagues in expressing appreciation for the support that it received from Professor E. Nigel Harris during his tenure as Vice Chancellor. His support has been most evident in the provision of space for the Regional Coordinating Unit the administrative hub of the IGDS which previously had shared ...part of his legacy will be the articulation of the importance of respecting diversity and the need for a UWI Gender Policy and his charge to the IGDS to lead that process conscious as he is of the need to ensure equality and non-discrimination at the highest level of academia. THE PELICANISSUE 13 21 already limited space with the Mona Unit of the IGDS on the Mona campus. The location of the RCU in the Regional Headquarters has meant a new visibility an understanding of our relationship with the Centre access to critical human resources and conferenceseminar rooms and greater ease in communication with the Centre. He familiarised himself with the structure of the IGDS outside of the traditional Faculty system and while not having been able to convey that structure to all the role of the University Director was solidified during his tenure. The management of the graduate and research programmes has also been facilitated much to the delight of our students and external partners. His involvement in the life of the IGDS is evident in the photographic displays in the RCU. Above all the IGDS has benefitted from Professor Harris understanding of the outreach role of the IGDS and its responsibility to under- served communitieson the campuses and off the campuses. When called to demonstrate that commitment in a tangible way by assisting in the refurbishment of the Homework Centre which caters to the children of part-time students and staff unable to afford more expensive after school child-care facilities on the Mona Campus his positive answer and attention to a priority need was immediate much to the chagrin of others who constantly remind him of the tight fiscal space in which The UWI operates. Finally part of his legacy will be the articulation of the importance of respecting diversity and the need for a UWI Gender Policy and his charge to the IGDS to lead that process conscious as he is of the need to ensure equality and non-discrimination at the highest level of academia. As he embarks on another journey the IGDS reiterates the respect that many in the IGDS hold for him. Professor Patricia Mohammed Head of the St Augustine Unit of the IGDS describes him as a good listener Dr. Annecka Marshall of the Mona Unit considers him someone who exudes pride and honour and Professor Rhoda Reddock notes that he will be remembered for his focus on regionalism and the re-focus on The UWI as a regional Caribbean organisation. Dr David C. Smith Coordinator Institute for Sustainable DevelopmentCoordinator of the University Consortium for Small Island States I first met Professor Harris after Hurricane Ivan. He was very concerned about the damage that had been caused in Grenada and was trying to figure out how The University could help not just for that event but to reduce the likely damage caused by future events. The result of his concern with initial funding from the United Nations Development Programme was The UWIs Disaster Risk Reduction Centre. Ten years later the Centre contributes to postgraduate education and research in disaster risk reduction and has been the recipient of international funding to investigate earthquake and flood risk. It develops materials to train people in the Caribbean on how to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards. The effects of climate change have made this an even more critical issue. Professor Harris has always been concerned about Small Island Developing States SIDS and for a large part of his tenure chaired the Board of Trustees of UCSIS the University Consortium for Small Island States. This group of seven universities has launched a postgraduate degree programme in Sustainable Development for SIDS and is working on ways to cooperate in research and teaching. He has been keenly interested in The UWI developing concrete ways to help SIDS develop whether it is by avoiding disasters or cooperating in learning and research. Most recently he offered UWI as a host for the Caribbean chapter of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network a worldwide group of academic civil society and private sector institutions headed by Jeffrey Sachs. Its mission is to use the expertise from these groups to address the key challenges facing human development around the world. Prime Minister Portia Simpson of Jamaica launched the Caribbean Chapter in 2014. Being part of this group will allow The UWI to contribute to solving development problems in the Caribbean and around the world. Professors vision of The UWI in this respect is global rather than regional. He has helped point us in the right direction leaving us with a challenge to take what we know and make a difference. He has been keenly interested in The UWI developing concrete ways to help SIDS develop whether it is by avoiding disasters or cooperating in learning and research. Dale F. Webber Director Centre for Environmental Management When E. Nigel Harris assumed duties as Vice-Chancellor like many UWI staff I wondered what to expect. We had grown accustomed to Professor Rex Nettleford and change is not easily embraced in the Caribbean. A giant in his own right Professor Harris quickly demonstrated that he was equal to the best of the researchers at The UWI better than most administrators and confident he could master the difficult times in which the institution found itself and willing to talk and listen to the average staff and student. I knew this was to be an important period for us all. I recall travelling through the Caribbean with VC Professor Harris in 2005 as he sought to determine the expectations of contributing governments educators and researchers. At each stop VC Harris demonstrated a genuine concern for the relevance of The UWI and its work to every Caribbean nation. Always calm and articulate Professor Harris entertained the views of disgruntled distance students cautious ministers of governments doubtful private sector leaders and expectant colleagues eager to be led into a new UWI era. Professor Harris delivered on all these fronts and more. The establishment of the Open Campus and securing more reliable THE PELICANISSUE 13 25 regional government contributions intellectually and economically were outstanding. The engagement of alumni and the private sector in the sustained growth of The UWI enterprise and an improvement in a sense of pride and ownership amongst UWI staff and students stimulated by our accomplishments resonated within the institution. As I assumed the duties as the Director of the Centre for Environmental Management I was reassured and strengthened by a Vice-Chancellor who was clear in what he wanted from this Grace Kennedy funded Chair. Under his leadership you felt compelled to strive for excellence to represent the institution with pride and be creative and positive in addressing any problem with which you were presented. Using both the 20072012 and 20122017 strategic plans as the selective guide and calibration tool Professor Harris led by example and fostered the firm belief that the contribution of the parts institutes centres departments and units makes greater the functionality of the whole The University of the West Indies. He constantly reminded us that The UWI must respond to the needs of the Caribbean people by providing leadership creating new knowledge and engaging in research. His tireless work in shaping the institution while resisting the tug of nationalism and isolation in times when these sentiments were gaining strength will be remembered as one of the defining moments of his tenure. Making The University of the West Indies the University of first-choice for the regions students and talented academics was a goal of Professor Harris. We are well on the road to achieving that goal because his leadership believed in rewarding excellence and making The UWI sufficiently flexible to compete on a global stage. Thank you Professor E. Nigel Harris for your character confidence and vision. His tireless work in shaping the institution while resisting the tug of nationalism and isolation in times when these sentiments were gaining strength will be remembered as one of the defining moments of his tenure. 26 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Professor E. Nigel Harris When I became Vice-Chancellor there were many concerns. It was generally believed that there was a breakdown of regionalism and cohesiveness in focus and direction across the campuses. One example is that some campuses were constructing their own strategic plans even though a regional university plan existed. In addition cross-campus collaboration between faculties and supporting administrative units were not as robust as one might desire. Indeed the culture of the regional organisation did not appear to be one of collaboration and consensus. Another major concern was that the so called non-campus countries were becoming increasingly disaffected with The UWI and our presence and visibility were waning. I remember speaking to high school students in St. Lucia before I assumed the office of Vice-Chancellor and they seemed to know more about universities in North America than in the Caribbean. Some other important challenges included the quality of student services an examination system plagued with late submission of grades a postgraduate programme with a number of problems one of which was the long time students were taking to get their PhD and MPhil degrees research productivity was insufficient and funds generated for research support needed to be increased. We were not marketing ourselves as well as we might philanthropy and alumni support was wanting. Our infrastructure such as ICT and library systems needed updating. There were of course the problems that plagued The UWI for a long time namely lack of sufficient funding coupled with over reliance on government support which often was not forthcoming. The second major matter was increasing competition from international and national organisations I believed then and now that the only way to deal with competition is to out compete the competitionyou have to do better than the other guys. Joel Henry When you accepted the position of Vice-Chancellor what was the landscape like What were the pressing challenges that the University faced By Joel Henry Faith in the Region and its University On the eve of his retirement with still much to do Professor Harris very graciously agreed to answer some questions on his tenure as Vice-Chancellor his thoughts on The University of the West Indies and even some advice for his successor. THE PELICANISSUE 13 27 My sincere thanks to the many many people within and without the institute who helped to make this journey a largely enjoyable and rewarding one. 28 THE PELICANISSUE 13 JH What was your strategy for dealing with those challenges ENH My major strategy was to mobilise the full university or as much as could be pulled together to help define our major directions and enact steps to achieve the goals we set out for ourselves. In truth The University already had an excellent strategic Plan 2002-2007 with a defined vision mission and goals the problem was that there was not sufficient coalescence by the full regional enterprise around this plan. To address this I gathered key administrative and thought leaders within three months of assuming office as Vice- Chancellor to conduct what we termed a mid-term review. My goal was to begin a process of collective action around a structured plan. We continued this process in the construction of the 2007-2012 and 2012-2017 Strategic Plans pulling together the leaders and other talented academics to establish a collective vision mission and goals. Often the goals of a strategic plan are difficult to use as a rallying call so I have consistently enunciated the three firsts for which I wanted everyone to strive The University of first choice for Caribbean nationals seeking high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education. The institution that is first in providing new knowledge through research contributory to growth development and transformation of our region. The first port of call for Caribbean governments wishing advice and technical expertise for policy development strategic planning and programme implementation. I can safely say that we have lived up to the first two goals and I hope we have done better with the third. With respect to the non-campus countries I insisted that we drop the terminology non- campus arguing that they had become NONE campus and introduced the term UWI-12. With then Pro Vice-Chancellor Lawrence Carrington we had broad consultations with all major stakeholders government education communities business civil society in nearly all 12 countries to understand their aspirations and needs. It was out of this process that Lawrence Carrington and the Non-Campus Board leadership devised the concept of the Open Campus and it would be fair to say that I became one of its chief advocates. I saw this as a major step to making the UWI-12 truly a part of our regional enterprise enabling our provision of educational research and advisory services that they truly deserved. Another initiative was to build a positive working relationship with the student community. I am pleased even proud of the considerable collaborative relationship between campus guilds and their greater attentiveness to framing constructive relationships with The University and giving back to their communities. I believe that there is a sense that we can work together for a common good without resorting to constant protests and strikes. I am equally proud of our creation of UWI STAT UWI Students Today Alumni Tomorrow the brainchild of Mrs. Celia Davidson-Francis Director of Alumni Relations. UWI STAT is a select group of students on each campus whose mission is building support for The UWI as students and then as alumni as well as promoting regional integration and partnering in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Several members have gone on to be active in their alumni associations and about four were selected as Rhodes scholars in 2014 both Rhodes scholars were members of UWI STAT one from Mona and the other from St Augustine. Faith in the Region and its University THE PELICANISSUE 13 29 JH How do you rate your success ENH I shall have to ask others to do so Indeed I believe my success cannot be judged in the short term but the degree to which the gains The University has made over the last decade can be sustained in the long term. However some of the gains I might mention include I believe a greater culture of cohesiveness across the region the formation of the Open Campus with its outreach to broad communities not only in the UWI-12 but to the working and rural populations in Jamaica Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados I shall mention separately the vast improvement in our online programmes delivered by the Open Campus. Our student numbers have grown nearly doubling 24000 to about 47000 to 50000 without any apparent diminution in quality of graduates and there has been a near doubling of applications 16000 to about 30000 people still want to come to UWI There has been a near doubling of our total revenues and a shift away from government support through generation of our own funding using a variety of ventures in 2004 government support was about 80 it is now about 50. There has been a marked increase in funding support for research thisgrewfromaboutBDS26MtoBDS78M in the last few years. Of note has been a massive increase in facilities on all campuses and attentiveness to the appearance of the campuses these endeavours led ably by our campus principals. Of course I am proud that we built the Regional Headquarters in Jamaica which houses most of the regional administrative departments some centres the Vice-Chancellors and the Chancellors offices a large council room that is being used for many events the archives and a museum telling the story of UWI. This building will become I hope the symbolic representation of the unity of the regional UWI. I am pleased too about the advances made in ICT and library system support garnered through excellent collaboration between campus teams and led ably by persons such as Jennifer Joseph University Librarian and Brigitte Collins ICT. 30 THE PELICANISSUE 13 I came back to the Caribbean nearly 11 years ago and joined a collective effort to make The UWI an outstanding university THE PELICANISSUE 13 31 JH Are there areas in which you felt you could have done better ENH There are many. I believe there is still much to be done in promoting the regionality of the institution. There are still issues with respect to student services postgraduate programmes for example. There are still a number of stakeholders who do not believe that The UWI is doing enough to address regional problems although I do believe we have reached out considerably more than in the past to governments and the private sector including the formation of a UWI Consulting Company. We have certainly not made sufficient gains in philanthropy and in garnering alumni support. Our financial challenges remain and of late have become even worse not because our revenues have not grown but we are owed huge amounts by some governments. JH What will be your most potent memories of your tenure ENH The friends that I have made within the regional universities and elsewhere in the countries where The UWI is present. I shouldaddtoofriendsintheinternational academic community with whom I have interacted as Chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities ACU President of the Caribbean Association of Research Institutes and Universities UNICA and as a member of the administrative board of the International Association of Universities IAU. All in all I have benefitted from the support and collaboration of talented and able people many more gifted than I am committed not only to The UWI but to the development of our regioneconomic social cultural spiritual. JH What will you miss most ENH The opportunities to interact as much as I have been able to with some of the ablest minds in the Caribbean and the ability to bond as much with people about whom I have come to care. JH What would you like your legacy to be ENH It will be what people make of it. I came back to the Caribbean nearly 11 years ago and joined a collective effort to make The UWI an outstanding university able to attain the three firsts to which I alluded above. I hope I shall be seen as helping to lay one brick in that grand edifice which we are all striving to build. JH What advice would you give your successor or anyone that will hold the position of VC ENH Trust the wisdom and support of the collective of our institution and region. Ensure that our institutional constituents feel empowered and involved in forging our growth and development. Rely on the village for our future. JH Is there anything you would like to add ENH My sincere thanks to the many many people within and without the institute who helped to make this journey a largely enjoyable and rewarding one. I have spent more years as Vice-Chancellor at The UWI nearly 11 than I have in any other place in my career and I shall treasure this sojourn most because I was given an enviable opportunity to give back to the region which spawned me and to which I belong. THE PELICANISSUE 13 31 Professor E. Nigel Harris Through the Years THE PELICANISSUE 13 33THE PELICANISSUE 13 33 34 THE PELICANISSUE 13 THE PELICANISSUE 13 35 36 THE PELICANISSUE 13 38 THE PELICANISSUE 13 THE PELICANISSUE 13 39 40 THE PELICANISSUE 13 THE PELICANISSUE 13 41 42 THE PELICANISSUE 13 This VC could be considered the travelling Vice-Chancellor on a mission to engage the global community of tertiary level institutions donors and partners. He covered many air miles and held forth at countless fora to demonstrate that UWIs academic research and other activities provide direct quantifiable benefit to the Ca- ribbean. Vice-Chancellor Harris firmly held that partnership with leading-edge interna- tional agencies is the catalytic element for the success of the regions goals. Indeed many were to feel the pull of his passionate message of The UWI the Caribbeans home-grown development body with a deep understanding of regional needs and whose thought leaders were best placed to devise solutions. Outreach THE PELICANISSUE 13 43 The UWI has had the great fortune of having at its helm the kind of Vice-Chancellor it needed for every stage of its development. Outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor E. Nigel Harris took up the reins 10 years ago at a time when the institution was undergoing the stress and strains of creeping balkanisation which threatened to undermine the regional nature of The UWI. With his conciliatory style of leadership and a strong commitment to regionalism he steered The University through sometimes hostile political waters towards the reassertion and consolidation of The UWI as a regional institution manifested in the launch of the Open Campus the forging of closer relations with other higher education institutions in the Caribbean region and beyondsuch as in Guyana Suriname Haiti Puerto Rico the Dominican Republic Colombia Brazil and Venezuela. His legacy will be his success in strengthening the regional character of The University while positioning it as a global institution. Cecile Clayton Former Deputy University Registrar With his conciliatory style of leadership and a strong commitment to regionalism he steered The University through sometimes hostile political waters towards the reassertion and consolidation of The UWI as a regional institution 44 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Consistent sensitivity and responsiveness to issues and respect for all characterises Vice- Chancellor Harris VC modus operandi. No email went unanswered and you had to be mindful of abusing his time since there was no inhibition about copying him or engaging him on random issues. In my particular situation apart from reporting and updating him on the various LACC initiatives and actions I tended to share with him any report or article that I thought he would find informative given his genuine interest and respect for the non-English speaking Caribbean and Latin American countries. His establishment of CORIA his appointment as a Board Member of the International Association of Universities and his Presidency of UNICA tangibly placed him in the arena of internationalisation and regionalisation of higher education and heightened his interaction with regional and international partners. VC received many invitations to visit areas in Latin America and the non-English Caribbean in some cases it would be his first time to present at conferences. This was often in the capacity of UNICA President. In my capacity of UNICA Secretary General and language facilitator I would often accompany him and would be reassured by the ease and flair with which he conducted meetings and made his presentations. He always managed to circumvent the language barrier and effectively promoted The UWI brand. One of our longstanding partners the University of Cartagena on the Caribbean coast of Colombia was moved to bestow on him that universitys highest honour as well arrange for the Mayor to present him with the Keys to the City. He is convinced of the derivable benefits of student and staff mobility to university education and committed to encouraging maximum utilization of scholarship opportunities including those involving Latin American universities. His genuine interest in developing leadership and ambassadorial qualities in future UWI graduates and creating real opportunities for them as an investment in nationbuilding while cultivating a sound regional sensitivity endeared him to students. His active support of initiatives and projects for institutional strengthening and increased resource capacity invariably motivated the rest of us to proceed with even greater enthusiasm. More recently he has been involved in discussions of the EU-LACCELAC Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and is actively encouraging a UWI position on the issues related to Higher Education. Vice-Chancellor Harris will be remembered for many reasons. For me his best contribution to University life was the expansiveness of his vision and his desire to position The UWI as a major player in education regionally and internationally. Annette Insanally Co-ordinator UWI Latin American-Caribbean CentreSecretary General Association of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes UNICA Outreach THE PELICANISSUE 13 45 Vice-Chancellor Harris has always appreciated that The UWI which was established to act as an engine of regional development must participate fully in the international arena if it is to fulfil its mandate. It was for that very reason that he established the Central Office for Regional and International Affairs. He recognised that to meet the needs of contributing countries more effectively including the provision of technical expertise to work with national tertiary level institutions to strengthen collaboration and articulation to ensure that major funders are aware of the regional needs being met by The UWI and to ensure that The UWI plays a role in the international academic sphere by collaboration with leading international universities outreach wasand isa priority. Dr. David Rampersad Executive Director Central Office for Regional and International Affairs CORIA With the Vice-Chancellors active support CORIA developed a comprehensive structured approach and a governance structure to optimise internationalisation and regionalism. It is an approach based on data which inform policy strategies. This helped advance the international competitiveness of The UWI fostered long-term relationships with regional and international agencies for funding capacity building programmes and contributed to The Universitys financial stability by maximising income generation from all aspects of regional and international activity as far as possible. His leadership in this regard enabled the strengthening of UWIs regional and international strategies that support our core mandate of research and teaching. With the Vice- Chancellors active support CORIA developed a comprehensive structured approach and a governance structure to optimise internationalisation and regionalism. 46 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Inside the C-Suite THE PELICANISSUE 13 47 The servant leader. VC Harris vision was his driving force and because he believed others did too. Listen to the voices of the people who worked alongside him to achieve the universal goal - the goal of One University first in hearts and minds. 48 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Professor Sir Hilary Beckles Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Cave Hill Campus and Vice-Chancellor Designate When Professor E. Nigel Harris demits office as Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies in April 2015 he would have served for a period of 10 years the majority of which coincided with a worldwide financial crisis which severely affected the fortunes of all UWIs regional funding governments. Despite this VC Harris led The University during a period of robust growth and development driven by the campuses determination to lessen their dependence on government financial resources. The institutions enrolment moved from approximately 29000 to almost 50000 students the expansion and modernisation of all three residential campuses kept pace with the quality needs of a 21st century university. Critically the growth of cutting-edge information and communication technology systems and the expansion of The UWIs digital library resources also kept in-line with students and facultys expectations. Furthermore the obvious relevance of The UWI to Caribbean development was reflected in the inclusion of Bermuda and the Turks and Caicos into the network of participating countries. In this context the inclusion of UWIs expertise in nearly every area of regional policy development was seen even more clearly. Ever responsive to the needs of the 14 UWI countries without a residential campus VC Harris rebranded and expanded the Open Campus in 2008 thus ensuring that distance is no longer a deterrent to a university education or training for Caribbean peoples. The award of the grant of some CAN20 million from the Government of Canada will keep alive his commitment to the further expansion of distance education at The UWI. The VC can also be justifiably proud of The UWI STAT Students Today Alumni Tomorrow programme which he launched very early in his tenure as an opportunity for students to give service and leadership to their countries and the Caribbean Community. He has noted that UWI STAT ambassadors continue in the tradition of the great leaders that our university has spawned individuals who through their knowledge volunteerism and promotion of Caribbean pride culture and values have established the platform for what we must become tomorrow. Professor Harris also had the pleasure of knowing that in addition to the tremendous growth in the number of persons from the across region who now have access to their university the institution maintained its well-known and rigorous attention to quality. All four campuses have been accredited by their relevant accrediting bodies. This seminal development has contributed to the regional and global recognition of The Universitys culture of teaching and learning as well as The Universitys quality management system. A critical element of this culture was seen in the launch of the postgraduate Certificate in University Level Teaching CULT mandated for all new staff members who do not have pedagogical certification. As might be expected of a world respected researcher Vice-Chancellor Harris led the initiative to grow the volume of research grants from international funding agencies to UWI researchers. Many of these grants have facilitated research activities of critical importance to regional development. Associated with this has been an increase in the research collaborations which have resulted in student and staff exchanges with universities worldwide. It is within this context that we have seen very significant strides in the internationalisation of UWI. Under his leadership closer ties have been established with universities in China India as well as Latin AmericanBrazil especially. Simultaneously we Inside the C-Suite THE PELICANISSUE 13 49 have witnessed the deepening of ties with UWIs traditional partners in Europe and the USA. The establishment of the British Foundation of UWI in London is evidence of this. VC Harris has therefore taken The UWI in innovation in diverse direction in the search for greater external recognition and internal sustainability. This much is obvious to student faculty and other stakeholders. The University has moved on and up and in this regard his leadership will be respected and celebrated. Professor Archibald McDonald Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Mona Campus Under the extraordinary leadership of Professor Eon Nigel Harris The University of the West Indies has undertaken what can simply be described as an institutional renaissance. The vision and fortitude of Professor Harris in his desire to transform The UWI into a leading tertiary institution has led to 10 years of exponential growth improvements in our administrative infrastructure and a resurgence in tertiary education across the Caribbean. As Vice-Chancellor he became a symbol of change in higher education. The transformative impact of his work for our institution is unrivalled as it has not only improved the lives of our many students but inserted a new energy and hope into academic and research sectors across the Caribbean. Professor Harris focus on transforming The Universitys Appointments Committee is his defining legacy. With the aim to succeed and provide the best education for our students it was critical that The UWI first improved its internal infrastructure by changing its appointment procedures. The transformed Appointments Committee was charged with ensuring that academic staff met international professional standards while also raising the benchmark for the appointment of professors. In fact he engaged in a universal overhaul and streamlining of our operational procedures so as to meet global standards in tertiary education. Through the development of the Regional Headquarters located in Jamaica and the introduction of The UWI Strategic Plan he improved the quality of The Universitys institutional infrastructure. Professor Harris also realised the importance of expanding our reach across the Caribbean. The establishment of the Open Campus in 2008 was a benchmark moment as it redefined us as a truly regional tertiary institution. For the first time in the history of the Caribbean higher education was finally placed at the doorsteps of allwith distance and location becoming inconsequential factors as with the significant support of the Canadian government we are able to reach even more students in rural areas across The UWI-14 countries. It was under his watch that our scientific research framework was reinvigorated leading to the filing of 25 patents and increasing our research business and financial appeal to regional and international institutions. Certainly The University is in a much more profitable and academically strong position than it was 10 years ago and this is all due to the incomparable Professor E. Nigel Harris. On behalf of the entire Mona Campus it is with absolute pleasure that I thank Professor Harris for his tireless work in making The UWI a leading higher education institution. The Mona Campus wishes him a peaceful and enjoyable retirement and we will continue to proclaim his achievements for decades to come. 50 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Professor Eudine Barriteau Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Open Campus In celebrating the tenure of Professor E. Nigel Harris as the sixth Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies I choose to highlight two of his many singular contributions. These are first his decision to create the Open Campus as the fourth pillar of our University and second his consistent and insistent dedication to developing the scholarly and academic leadership of junior and often younger members of The University community. The establishment of the Open Campus is one of the best decisions taken by The UWI and its coming into being placed our 66 year old institution firmly in the 21st century. While the Open Campus is still a work-in-progress still fine tuning its operational structures and processes our residential campuses had over half a century to do so its contributions to democratising access to a UWI education for an expanded cohort of Caribbean citizens is unquestioned. The Open Campus takes a UWI institutionally accredited quality assured education directly to Caribbean citizens wherever they are. In the process the Campus assists Caribbean governments in achieving their strategic goals by advancing the development of their human resources. Thank you Vice-Chancellor Harris. I have worked with Vice-Chancellor Harris as Head of the Nita Barrow Unit IGDS Campus Coordinator School for Graduate Studies and Research Deputy Principal Cave Hill and now Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Open Campus. He has consistently insisted that each Campus create opportunities for younger scholars to participate in the governance and leadership structures of their respective campuses and our university as a whole. This determination enabled many younger scholars who may have otherwise been overlooked to excel. Some are now part of the next generation of academic leadership who will take over the reins of The University in the coming cycle of regeneration. For your commitment to our continuity through growing institutional talent we thank you Professor Harris. I wish you an enjoyable well deserved retirement marked by continued good health and Gods grace. Professor Clement Sankat Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal St. Augustine Campus As Vice-Chancellor of The UWI Professor E. Nigel Harris has presided over a 10 year period one which saw immense growth. We have witnessed especially at the St. Augustine Campus how undergraduate and particularly our graduate student numbers have increased dramatically. Today The University truly leads in graduate education. We have also seen a major positive shift in both input and output certainly at the Masters level and increasingly at the MPhil and PhD levels. That is something which VC Harris has always emphasisedthe high quality of PhD research output. Perhaps VCs greatest legacy is the creation of the Open Campus. The Universitys response to the needs of The UWI 12 countries was a matter of concern not only within The UWI but especially within non-campus countries. Through his leadership the VC moved The University to create the Open Campus building on what was then the School of Continuing Studies and its various locations in the island states as well as the Inside the C-Suite THE PELICANISSUE 13 51 platform for open and distance learning then in existence. The Open Campus is a work in progress. We must continue to reflect on the gains made in the islands and the means to further strengthen these. The VC is just advancing the matter of bringing national tertiary-level institutions in these territories closer to The UWIsomething to which the new VC and senior management appear favourably disposed. Another of VCs major achievements has been the establishment of Faculties of Law at Mona and at St Augustine. Access for regional students to pursue the LLB programme at Cave Hill was a matter of concern for regional governments and potential students. After considerable deliberation the VC pushed The University to move forward with the creation of two new faculties of Law at St. Augustine and Mona. This development may have come with a sense of loss since in many ways the creation of these faculties represents a reshaping of how The UWI responds to needs in various territories while maintaining its commitment to regionalism. What must have been paramount in the decision is that The UWI is there to meet the needs of our societies. VC Harris also built a strong office to treat with planning and development. The impact of the work of the Office of Planning and Development continues to grow. Putting planning and accountability for what we do at the centre of our operations will bear considerable fruit in the immediate future. This brings me to the point that he presided over two strategic plans 2007- 2012 and now 2012-2017. A major mission of Vice-Chancellor Harris has been greater internationalisation of The Universitys work reputation and reach. During his tenure The UWI became more globally recognised extending its reach as far as China India South Africa South America and even South East Asia. Further the number of countries that make up The UWI system within the region increased from 15 to 17. The explosion in teaching and learning graduate education and research during his stewardship has paid dividends. Professor Harris had oversight of the accreditation of the campuses by the local accreditation bodies and the faculties of Medicine by CAAM-HP and was keen to improve our position in the global rankings of universities. The establishment of the Office of the Vice- Chancellor and the Regional Headquarters in Jamaica were the realisation of a dream. This was achieved through private sector outreach and enormous fundraising activities. His support of the fund-raising New York and Toronto galas helped these two events increase in strength and purpose. I could go on listing the many accomplishments and activities of VC Harris from his role in the creation of UWI STAT Students Today Ambassadors Tomorrow to his inspired chairmanship of The University Appointments Committee and General Purposes Committee. He has undoubtedly made an enormous and lasting contribution to The University and his presence will most certainly be missed. As principal he has been a great mentor. I was made a Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal under his watch. Personable with a tremendous sense of humour and easy to work with he has been my boss but has also become a dear colleague. So now we move from one era to another. The last few years at UWI would have been difficult years for any Vice-Chancellor because of the contraction of the Caribbean economies but we have weathered those storms. We have grown stronger. But the storm clouds are still out there gathering momentum. The future requires a recommitment of all our regional governments to continue their support of this institution as they have done for 66 years. UWI represents one of the best hopes for cementing this region and ensuring the continuity of the development of high quality leaders and critical thought essential components for the advancement of our region. These were the hopes of our founding fathers seven decades ago. These hopes and aspirations remain. 52 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Professor Bridget Brereton Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal St. Augustine Campus 2007 To me the single most important feature of Nigel Harris tenure as VC is his unwavering insistence on the value of UWI as a Caribbean entity. He rejuvenated various institutions and modes of university governance and pioneered new initiatives all with the aim of making UWIs regional status an operating reality rather than a phrase one paid lip service to. Our outgoing VC is a humanist in the best sense a world-class scientist with a deep hereditary appreciation for the humanities and the arts a wise sympathetic and engaged leader. Elsa Leo-Rhynie Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Mona Campus 2006-2007 Professor E. Nigel Harris has provided leadership to The University of the West Indies which has been calm dignified confident and effective. The substantial achievements of his tenure speak to this effectiveness and he can retire knowing that there is much of which he can be proud and satisfied. Unprecedented growth in enrolment at UWI and the establishment of The UWI Open Campus have had significant regional impact and reflect Professor Harris commitment to regional development through access to and delivery of quality higher education. The expansion of reach of The UWI as a result have made good on his comment that One plus one plus one plus one must together considerably exceed four. My most significant memory of his supportive leadership while I occupied the post of Principal of the Mona Campus is of his very principled stance in a matter which had the potential to bring disrepute to the institution and which he could easily have ignored. His action generated in me a profound sense of respect and regard for the man and his character. I wish him many happy and productive years in retirement. Professor Gordon Shirley Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Mona Campus 2007-2013 When the history of The University of the West Indies is recorded in its entirety I have no doubt that the name of Eon Nigel Harris will blaze brightly in the annals. This is so because in the 10 years that he has served The UWI as Vice- Chancellor he has left an indelible impression. There are four primary areas in which Vice- Chancellor Harris has had an important impact on our institution the global positioning of The University his commitment to our regional remit the level of inclusiveness displayed in the decision making processes of The University and in his commitment to intellectual excellence. He recognised that The Universitys local and regional remit while critically important as the leading tertiary-level institution in the Caribbean was not sufficient to provide the institution with a competitive advantage in the international higher education market. Accordingly Vice- Chancellor Harris sought to integrate The UWI more effectively in the international academic community through active participation in and subsequently by assuming leadership roles in associations of University Leaders. He also worked Inside the C-Suite THE PELICANISSUE 13 53 to have The UWI Community focus on its ranking among regional and international universities as a way of assessing the way we are perceived by the wider international community of students academics and consumers of educational products and services. The extent to which The Universitys Strategic Plan has come to focus on the international positioning of The University and on meeting or exceeding global benchmarks and standards reflects Vice-Chancellor Harris efforts to have the institution focus on these issues. Even as he emphasised the need for The University to raise its profile internationally the Vice-Chancellor is unapologetically a regionalist undoubtedly influenced by his own background as a Guyanese stationed in Jamaica who is married to a St. Lucian. At the professional level it is reflected in his championing the development of the Open Campus as a mechanism by which to provide access to university education to every qualified student in the region with a particular relevance to those students in countries without a land-based campus and those who could not access these campuses because of the location and conditions of their employment. He supported and sought out ways of funding students from non-campus territories attending the land-based campuses for even a part of the academic studies. His commitment was also reflected in his encouragement of a programme of regional lectures by distinguished academics as a way of bringing intellectual leadership to the wider community. He never lost an opportunity to locate university meetings and assemblies in the non-campus territories as a way of fostering the spirit of integration underlining the regional commitment of the institution. Perhaps one of his greatest contributions has been the level of inclusiveness which he has encouraged in the decision-making processes of The University. This is reflected in a number of ways including the extent to which he ensured that every level of The University community from every geographic region and from every age group of our communitywas involved in the development and implementation of The Universitys Strategic Plan. He was fully aware that there might have been more efficient ways of assembling a plan to guide our development but was unwavering in his commitment to the principle of inclusiveness in its development and implementation. He also broadened the definition of the community to include our alumni distributed geographically across the globe. He viewed the alumni not only as a potential source of funds but of information and knowledge on global trends and development and sought to acknowledge their contributions and to include them in the dialogue and decision making processes of the University. He worked to build bridges between other regional institutions including the Caribbean Examinations Council CXC the Caribbean Community CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Development Bank among others. Above all Nigel Harris demonstrated a commitment to intellectual excellence. This was reflected in the Vice-Chancellors personal involvement in the Appointment and Promotions Committee. He was thorough in his analysis of every case that came before the committee for academic promotion and strong in the expression of his considered viewpoint refusing to allow passage to any case until he had been convinced of its intellectual merits regardless of how long it might take. The Vice-Chancellor was also a strong supporter of a programme to win more international grants as a mechanism for garnering funds for the development of our best academic talent while also exposing them to the high intellectual standards and integrating them in the wider community of international scholars. He never lost an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding intellectual performances and contributions of our scholars through award programmes and ceremonies and in The Universitys publications. He made it a point to develop a relationship with a wide cross section of the scholars who demonstrated high intellectual 54 THE PELICANISSUE 13 potential as a way of encouraging them but also to identify ways in which he personally and the wider University community could assist in their development. I am truly appreciative of the opportunity to have worked with Vice-Chancellor Harris. I salute his contribution to The UWI even as I wish him well as he moves on to another phase in what has been an outstanding life. Hazel Simmons- McDonald Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Open Campus 2007-2014 Professor E. Nigel Harris VC as we fondly call him is the quintessential gentleman who always showed concern for the welfare of the people with whom he worked. VC would make the time to meet with individuals and cultivated strong professional relationships with the members of his team. His vision for an Open UWI was timely and its establishment during his tenure has helped to place The UWI among other reputed universities who are capitalising on the benefits of technology to offer quality programmes internationally. The Open Campus will remain a UWI pillar that provides opportunities for education to many in remote areas in our region to West Indians abroad and to the international community generally. He will be remembered for his significant contribution to The UWI in this regard. I wish him the very best as he moves on to a new phase of endeavour. Professor Alan Cobley ProVice-Chancellor Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies There is no doubt that the most visible contribution made to The University of the West Indies by Professor Nigel Harris during his time as Vice-Chancellor is the creation of the Open Campus in 2008the first new campus at The UWI to be established in more than 40 years. More important than the creation of the Open Campus itself was the commitment it represented. It was a declaration that The University wished to enhance its role as the leading tertiary institution in the Caribbean and in particular it underlined our commitment to provide access to higher education of the highest quality to disadvantaged and underserved communitieswherever they were located in the region. This same commitment has driven the growing relationship he has nurtured between The UWI and Haiti since 2010 and was at the heart of the ground-breaking Single Virtual Space initiative launched in 2013. Together these efforts confirm that service to the people of the region and to the cause of their development have been Professor Harris prime motivations throughout his time in office and I have no doubt that it is this spirit of service that will stand as his lasting legacy as Vice-Chancellor. Inside the C-Suite THE PELICANISSUE 13 55 Professor Andrew Downes Pro Vice-Chancellor Planning and Development Vice-Chancellor Nigel Harris will be remembered as the person who led the establishment of the fourth campus of The UWI the Open Campus which is allowing the university to widen access to higher education in the Caribbean and the wider world through online and distance programming. He has promoted the concept of UWI forming a Single Virtual University Space which would allow The UWI to efficiently harness its talent in the development and delivery of a range of courses and programmes which can be offered to the world. He will also be remembered as the person who led the process for the establishment of the Regional Headquarters building for The UWI. Through his various leadership roles in regional and international bodiesVC Harris has enhanced the global visibility of The UWI and has championed the global ranking of the UWI. At a personal level his pleasant and accommodating personality always made it a pleasure to work with him. He promoted collegiality within Executive Management and was always willing to listen and learn. He encouraged individual creativity and personal development and will always be remembered as the VCCEO who responded to almost all of his emails even with a short Noted. Although he could have been more resolute at times his style of management and leadership will be missed at the helm. I wish him a healthy and productive retirement from The University. Professor Wayne Hunte Pro Vice-Chancellor Research I was asked to identify the most memorable or impactful thing that the VC did or that I remember about the VC but I found that difficult to do essentially because his contributions and his impact were continuous. Always supportive always wise in his guidance always willing to listen but prepared to assess and share his perspective always calm under duress and there have been many situations and events that created duress and required calm and insightful leadership. The VC fully understood the importance of research for an institution such as The UWI both in terms of international recognition through contributions to the advancement of knowledge and in terms of concrete contributions to regional development. He was therefore unstinting in his support of my efforts to develop research capacity and output at The UWI and indeed conceptualised and personally followed up many of our initiatives in this regard. His friendship guidance and leadership will be sorely missed. 56 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Professor Yvette Jackson Pro Vice Chancellor Graduate Studies I would like to use this opportunity to express thanks and heartiest congratulations to the Vice- Chancellor on my own behalf and that of the Board for Graduate Studies and Research for his sterling contribution to The UWI and to the region over his term of office. These were some challenging years with the global recession and increased competition all round. You have undoubtedly led Vice-Chancellor with UWI always at centre stage and with the clear idea that UWI must be placed squarely in the consciousness of everyone with whom you interact. In paying tribute I simply want to say that it has been such an immense pleasure to have worked with you over the yearsthe last two and a half having been from a much closer place. Thanks for 10 years of fine stewardship within our institution for the many innovative ideas that have been realised during your tenure and for your significant efforts at enhancing regional integration and global recognition. I also wish to say how much I admire you as a person and especially for your sense of fairness your extraordinary ability to quiet a storm the even-handed way in which you deal with people of all walks of life and your commitment to leaving The UWI a better place than you found it. All the very best to you and family VC as you move on to another space. Archibald Campbell University Bursar Chief Financial Officer I met Vice-Chancellor Professor E. Nigel Harris for the first time in 2009 and am happy I did. He is one of the most decent persons I have ever encountered. Despite his significant accomplishments as an academic and administrator he has maintained a level of humility belying his achievements. He is a fighter Yes a fighter An unwilling one maybe for whom the fight only comes after he has meticulously weighed the issues and moved to a position which he regards as the right thing to do. I have been the beneficiary of his strong support for issues which might be unpopular to most. He is also a visionary with regard to where The University of the West Indies should be in the future. Hence his desire for the completion of strategic plans for the University for 2007 2012 and 2012 2017 his drive to have The UWI tracked among the top tiered universities of the world his efforts to expand the role of the Open Campus to meet the needs of the under-served communities of the Caribbean and his vision for the future of pedagogy through the use of a Single Virtual University Space. Vice-Chancellor Harris is also a realist. Recognising the financial challenges of the peoples of the Caribbean he has had to temper his vision with a strong dose of patience to keep going despite the frustrations. I therefore wish Professor E. Nigel Harris well as he takes on a new chapter in his life knowing that he played a good inning or as he likes to say helped to lay a block a solid one in the foundation of the future of The UWI. Inside the C-Suite THE PELICANISSUE 13 57 C. William Iton University Registrar Great leaders ensure that their followers feel safe and secure. They are good listeners and tell great stories and jokes. In the seven plus years I served Vice-Chancellor Harris I found that he did all three things naturally as though they were part of his DNA. Vice-Chancellor Harris is one of the nicest persons to work for. He is consistent in his persona and I dont think that there is one bad thought that he intentionally harbours against anyone. Consequently it was not surprising that when we conducted our first University-wide Employee Engagement Survey the heat map for the Vice-Chancellor as a leader was a sea of green while red and yellow coloured most of the rest of the offices of the organisation. During his stewardship The University faced many challenges some global others regional and some national. To his credit he was able to navigate those stormy periods successfully and as he leaves he can feel justifiably proud of his achievements and also of the fact that he is handing over the academy in good standing. Vice-Chancellor Harris was the chief architect together with university-wide teams of two major strategic plans 2007-2012 and 2012-2017 which sought to transform The UWI and make it a major player in the global higher education landscape. Together with former Pro Vice-Chancellor Lawrence Carrington he was responsible for the birth of the fourth campus the Open Campus which was the institutions response to the expressed need of the non- campus countries for a more significant presence in their respective island states. Closely associated was another ambitious project the Single Virtual University Space which seeks to place The UWI on a single information technology platform thereby enabling the delivery of teaching programmes to students anywhere in the Caribbean from any of our four campuses. It is quite fitting that the first cohort of students who completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Education which was facilitated by the Single Virtual University Space completed their Diplomas in 2014. UnderhiswatchTheUniversitywelcomedinto its family two additional contributing members Bermuda in 2009 and the Turks and Caicos Islands in 2014 and we are in the advanced stages of preparing for the expanded Federal University System to include Colleges of The University of the West Indies. Vice-Chancellor Harris in addition to being an unwavering advocate for greater regionalism paid a lot of attention to The UWIs internationalisation programme creating CORIA as the vehicle to promote that strategic intent. Strong mutually beneficial relationships were established with the Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities State University System of the Columbian Caribbean SUE-CARIBE and the State University of New York SUNY Group. He also worked tirelessly to develop strong relations with the Haitian Government to assist in the re- development of the Haitian tertiary education system after the 2010 earthquake. Vice-Chancellor Harris served as Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 2011 to 2013 and hosted a very successful meeting of Vice-Chancellors at the Regional Headquarters of The UWI in October 2012. Thank you Vice-Chancellor Harris for holding the reins of this very complex West Indian institution for the past 10 years. May you enjoy profound joy in your new chapter 58 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Brigitte Collins Chief Information Officer We reflect with a deep sense of gratitude the contribution of Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Harris to the growth and integration of ICT across The University. He was the champion for the establishment of university-wide ICT governance and always acknowledged the importance and benefits of ICT to The University. Technology he said was the heart and soul of regionalism within The UWI. At the cross-campus ICT Retreat in November 2009 he articulated his vision that technology would enable the single space concept. He explained that this concept had the potential of changing culture and allowing persons to interact in a different way real time anytime and anywhere. This was the start of the Single Virtual University Space project which has now become a major strategic initiative. He gave us a huge challenge with the unique responsibility of using ICT to accomplish regionalism. He never left us alone he demonstrated ownership and full commitment for this project which later became known as the SVUS project. In collaboration with a number of stakeholders including the SVUS Programme Coordinator Faculty and Administrators we have been able to deploy several pilots including MSc Development Studies in SALISES which involved lecturers from across The University to students based at the Mona campus Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching through the School of Education Mona to students in Bermuda St. Lucia Western Jamaica and Mona campus Telemedicine at Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit When VC Harris arrived the implementation of the Enterprise Student Administration System Ellucian Banner had stalled. It took his gentle persuasive and decisive leadership to get this project back on track and completed. We can boast of online application and registration features we now take for granted. Early in his tenure VC Harris lamented on the lack of basic consolidated information for students and staff at The University level. We explained that there were many challenges with the quality of the data available. He persisted and insisted that we should provide him with the best information that we could prepare as soon as possible. He used this information in presentations to University meetings which brought attention to frontally address the data quality issues. This initiative has improved access to consolidated data for decision making. Since then we established the Executive Dashboard centralised data repositories and SharePoint. The ICT team is proud of several major university-wide achievements under VC Harris leadership including Explosion of Bandwidth across The University at the same time significantly reducing the cost per Mbps Upgraded data centres to high availability standards Upgraded campus network infrastructure to support increase ICT services Increased wireless coverage across campuses to meet growing demands from staff and students Transformed teaching and learning spaces with classroom technology in almost all classrooms and Standardised the Learning Management System Moodle platform. The team enabled a unified connected university with the Student Portal inter- campus voice connectivity and established a unified web presence across The University in collaboration with the university-wide Marketing Communications team. Inside the C-Suite THE PELICANISSUE 13 59 This list could go on and on VC Harris understood the value of technology he was aware of the many challenges we faced and supported every effort made to improve ICT services across The University. He has made a tremendous contribution to the growth of ICT at The UWI and we applaud and thank him. We assure him that he has left a strong foundation on which we will continue to build his legacy. Jennifer Joseph University Librarian As University Librarian I see the hallmark of Professor Harris tenure as Vice-Chancellor has been his strong commitment to the concept of the regionalism of The UWI and his deliberate actions to revive build and bring this to life even in areas where it did not exist before. Since in the Library system we also recognise and live by the concept of the Single University Library Space and sharing in order to maximise resources we have had a close bond with Professor Harris during the years of his service. He has been a champion and true supporter of our efforts at maintaining the regionalism of the library space and at becoming THE repository for research materials on the Caribbean. When the opportunity came for The UWI to be the recipient of the BBC Archives in 2010 the VC immediately contacted me giving testimony to his understanding that The University Library system is the ideal place to preserve and store unique materials and make them available for use by researchers. We are indeed pleased to have been able to partner with him in his steps to achieve his goals and vision for The UWI as One University. Allison Fung Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor Co-ordinator Special Projects I joined the staff of the Personal Office of the Vice-Chancellor on January 1 2006 as Executive Assistant to the Vice-ChancellorCoordinator of Special Projects. I was persuaded to so do after a year of observing the new Vice-Chancellor as he set about reaffirming the regional character of The UWI and exhorting the entire staff to do their bit to keep this august institution of ours the beacon of higher education in the Caribbean. Among other qualities his humanity and affable personality genuine care for students and staff upholding of quality assurance standards of The University helped make my decision to join his staff so much easier. I have enjoyed all nine years. One of Vice-Chancellor Harris enduring legacies will be the Regional Headquarters Building. Conceptualised many years before he assumed office his enthusiastic championing of the project went a long way in ensuring that it got off the groundpun intended. I was entrusted with representing the Office of the Vice- Chancellor. Hard hats steel tipped boots safety vests were required wear for site visits and I now own possibly the smallest steel tipped boots that could be found in the industry It was a pleasure to eventually take the Vice-Chancellor on his first tour of the site. A source of tremendous pride to the Vice-Chancellor we delighted in his pleasure in showing visitors around the building well into our first year of occupation in 2012. Hed occasionally depart with someone meeting with him and we knew that a tour of RHQ by the Vice-Chancellor himself was underway. The Archives and the Museum are two of his special points of pride. 60 THE PELICANISSUE 13 Vice-Chancellors keen insight into the multiplicity of issues facing The University and other higher education institutions in the region his genuine care for the students from whose company we would have to wrest him as he enjoyed interacting with them so very much his concern for the development of younger faculty through mentorship by older and wiser faculty and staff have made him much loved by those students and staff. During his tenure the UWI STAT or the Vice-Chancellors Ambassadors with corps across all campuses was established and have done us proud. In 2014 the Jamaica and Caribbean Rhodes scholars were both UWI STAT members and the Vice-Chancellor beamed with pride whenever he noted this signal achievement. Professor E. Nigel Harris has always been inseparable from the institution. This was never about being a jobit was his life and passion overshadowed only by his own family. He has fiercely defended the regional character of The UWI and took every opportunity to put the institution on the regional and global stage. His tenure as President of UNICA Chair of the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities membership on the Executive Council of the International Association of Universities have helped to make The UWI more visible in those arenas. Yup it was a lot of travelling but The UWIs visibility helped tremendously by the Vice- Chancellor very personable representation of an institution that he loves is much higher than before he assumed office. His inability to say no to many requestsfor speaking engagements for help in some project or the other to attend and participate in conferences to have The UWI represented at various fora is legendary. On a few occasions wed say no for him only to have the culprit bump into him and ask again. Of course hed say yes and wed have to rearrange an already full schedule On assuming the role in 2004 he articulated three firststhat The UWI be the first choice for Caribbean nationals seeking high quality undergraduate and graduate education that The UWI be the first port of call for Caribbean governments wishing advice and technical expertise for policy development strategic planning and programme implementation and that The UWI will be first in providing new knowledge through research contributory to growth development and transformation of the region. He has listened to my own unorthodox and unsolicited advice and that I have felt very comfortable expressing those opinions speaks to his graciousness His leadership style is one of consensus buildinga path from which he has never deviated. My occasional suggestions for benevolent dictatorship were met with Allie I dont think that will work I like to bake and for colleagues birthdays wed have a cake and maybe a bottle of wine and share the occasion with the Vice-Chancellor. It was not all about work it was about coming to work and enjoying what you were doing simply because you knew that the Vice-Chancellor was doing his best for the entire community he represented and the least we could do was to do our best to support him. That meant when he was away we were more vigilant about things taking place and the correspondence coming in so as to ensure that nothing slipped past us that could be cause for concern. We became part of his extended family and his immediate family became part of our office family. There is no question that he will be deeply missed especially by the staff in his Personal Office. Thank you VC Inside the C-Suite THE PELICANISSUE 13 61 Marvette Facey Secretary Office of the Vice-Chancellor I remember the first time VC walked into the Vice-Chancellors Office. If I had not seen a picture of him before that day I would not have assumed he was the incoming Vice-Chancellor. Warm down-to-earth caring to a fault with a dry witthats VC. I recall one morning he came into office and I was at my desk with a frown on my face. He said Good morning Marvs and disappeared into his office. Throughout the day whenever I would check in with him he would appear to have a frown on his face. At the end of the day when I could not contain my curiosity any longer I asked him what was bothering him as he had been frowning all morning. He answered But Marvs you seemed so upset this morning so I am upset too Right there and then I knew I was not dealing with an ordinary boss. On many occasions VC would ask me for a file which I had previously given to him. My answer would be VC I gave you that file about a week ago. His response would be Marvs I am pretty sure I gave you back that file. He would be so convincing that I would believe him and so would do another unsuccessful search and then proceed to compile another folder for him. Weeks months later a pile of folders would appear on my desk and VC would proudly declare Marvs I have been clearing papers Of course rather innocently he gave no indication that he remembered that I was looking for these said files. What has always struck me was VCs total commitment to The University of the West Indies and his relentless pursuit to ensure that The UWI remain the premier higher education institution in the region. 62 THE PELICANISSUE 13 The Pelicans Rebirth THE PELICANISSUE 13 63 1 Griffin S.H. 2010 December 2 Roots of the West Indian Pelican A Diary of Care Blog post. Retrieved from httpsuwiarchives.wordpress.comtageducation. The University College of the West Indies was initially established as a college in special relationship with the University of London till 1962 when the institution received independent university status and became known as The University of the West Indies. According to University Archives the association between the bird and the institution began in 1949 at the 3rd meeting of the Provisional Council of the University College of the West Indies. Sir Thomas Taylor the first Principal of the University College in his capacity as chair suggested the inclusion of a pelican a bird which was found all over the Caribbean and is a traditional symbol of piety as the crest of the Coat of Arms Min.35 UCWI Provincial Council 10 Jan. 1949. Why the Pelican Taylor penned The pelican is a heraldic symbol of pious care for the young since according to old legend it punctured its breast with its bill and fed its young on the blood of its wounds Description of Coat of Arms 22 September 1949. As the Pelican emblematically An important symbol of the Caribbeans university the Pelican stands proudly atop The UWIs crest. It is standing on a Crest Wreath originally made of twisted silk to cover over the join of where the crest meets the helmet worn at a tournament A magazine on a mission to reshape the discourse across the Caribbean landscape to tell a powerful theme-based story on the state of Caribbean affairs and The Universitys role as an engine of regional development. 64 THE PELICANISSUE 13 cared for her young so has The UWI nurtured and cared for the intellectual development of the Caribbean region Griffin 2010. Naturally therefore The Pelican also became the name of the University Colleges flagship student magazine. Fast forward to 2005 to a new era of leadership under Vice-Chancellor E. Nigel Harris. Committed to changing the face of outreach and external relations the newly installed Vice-Chancellor envisioned a university magazine that told the myriad success stories of an institution deeply rooted in the Caribbean. Here began the journey of The Pelicans rebirth. A magazine on a mission to reshape the discourse across the Caribbean landscape to tell a powerful theme-based story on the state of Caribbean affairs and The Universitys role as an engine of regional development. This modern magazine gives Caribbean people and all people with an interest in Caribbean issues a flavour of what is happening within the region and more so at the regional university. The Pelican is the epitome of the institution a vehicle reflecting The UWIs enduring mission to unlock West Indian potential for economic and cultural growth meet critical regional needs provide West Indian society with an active intellectual centre support West Indian people and communities and give priority to regional needs. At the time of its re-launch it was proposed that The Pelican would evolve as The Universitys primary communication vehicle to its alumni major donors and friends with substance which traversed its three campuses and UWI-12 nations. And so it has. The Pelican prides itself is an instrument of expression. With only two issues produced each year creative direction harmonises with editorial planning and the talent of staff graduates freelance writers photographers and graphic artists bringing stories to life through The Pelicans Rebirth THE PELICANISSUE 13 65 The Pelicans aims Recognize and encourage UWI colleagues excellence in teaching scholarship and research. Enhance the image of The University as a proactive centre of higher learning committed and relevant to regional development. Concretize UWIs standing as an innovative internationally competitive contemporary university deeply rooted in the Caribbean committed to creating the best possible future for all stakeholders. Substantiate UWIs three firsts positioning statement as the University of first choice for Caribbean people the institution that is first in the development of new knowledge unique to the Caribbean and Small Island States through research the first port of call for Caribbean governments wishing advice and technical expertise for policy development strategic planning and programme implementation. Inspire greater goodwill and sense of pride in the regional institution among UWIs internal and external constituents. Garner stakeholder support for The Universitys advancement - for infrastructure and other development projects expanding and energizing graduate studies and research and sharpening UWIs research focus through research funding. an intriguing mix of compellingly written and visually striking feature articles. Each edition takes a current regional issue as the blueprint for its design aesthetic and content with the editorial column VC Viewpoint as the anchor. The first issue of the new university magazine was published in July 2006 with Caribbean development as the prevailing theme throughout the 36-page full- colour glossy publication. It honed in on the impact of the Caribbean Single Market Economy initiative. Later in January 2007 the second issue was released this time with a focus on the regions hosting of the worlds 3rd largest sporting event Cricket World Cup. Pelican Online the web-adaptation of the magazine was officially launched in May 2007. And so it is The Pelican was reborn. Since then the magazine has received international accolades for publication excellence winning three back-to-back awards in 2008 and 2009 for its print pieces as well as its complementary online presence. It isnt very often that one gets the chance to conceptualize and shape a major communication piece such as an institutional magazine from the ground up. It is hoped that this element of Vice Chancellor Harris legacy is one that he takes significant pride in. 66 THE PELICANISSUE 13 ThePelican MAGAZINE The Pelicans Rebirth The Pelican through the years THE PELICANISSUE 13 67 This modern magazine gives Caribbean people and all people with an interest in Caribbean issues a flavour of what is happening within the region and more so at the regional university. editors notes Vice-Chancellor Professor E. Nigel Harris assumed office during what can reasonably be considered some concerning times. It was generally believed that there was a breakdown of regionalism and cohesiveness in focus and direction across the campuses. Cross-campus collaboration between faculties and supporting administrative units and a common culture of regional collaboration and consensus were not as robust as one might desire. Non-Campus Countries as they were referred to at the time were becoming increasingly estranged with The UWI presence and visibility in these countries waning considerably. There were issues related to the quality of student services postgraduate programmes throughput rate research productivity and funding for research support were significantly low. The UWIs marketing philanthropy and alumni support were all areas found wanting and infrastructure such as ICT and library systems needed updating. The institution struggled with irregular funding and over reliance on government support and an increasingly competitive higher education landscape. In the 2007-2012 Strategic Plan Marketing and Branding was highlighted as a critical enabler in the thrust to position UWI as an innovative internationally competitive contemporary university deeply rooted in the Caribbean committed to creating the best possible future for all stakeholders. VC Harris determination to change UWIs positioning and his commitment to regionalism led to the development of a University-wide Marketing and Communications function and the focussed pursuit of projects that would tell UWIs story. The Pelican was one of these projects. The synergy of having an organisational unifying MC function paid off. In spite of the resource challenges notable strides were made in terms of charting a strategic approach to Marketing and Branding and positioning the institution as a centre of excellence for matters related to the Caribbean. Strides were also made in the institutional alignment and consistency of the function the development of supporting policy and wide spread acceptance and understanding of the role of Marketing and Communications in our regional organisation. In his wisdom he also ensured there was a seat at the table. Vice-Chancellor Harris legacy certainly cannot only be quantified in the decade of his leadership as the gains the University has made over the last decade will unarguably be sustained well into the future. Without a doubt VC Harris in the last 10 years of diligent and dedicated service has skilfully moulded The UWI into a distinctive world class university well on a path to attaining his ever articulated three firsts. VC Harris all of us behind The Pelican and across the cross-campus Marketing Communications team - salute you. Dr. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill Editor Creative Director Positioning VCHarrisLegacy