University of the West Indies (the UWI) has appointed Professor Stafford A Griffith as interim pro-vice-chancellor and principal of its Five Islands Campus located in Antigua and Barbuda, with effect from August 15, 2019 until July 31, 2020.
Professor Griffith will lead the initial year of operation for the campus, which is expected to welcome its first cohort of students in September. A formal launch of the campus with the UWI executive management team is also planned in that month.
The Five Islands Campus was established to provide a development platform for Antigua and Barbuda. It will also function as a hub for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, and serve to expand the UWI’s regional capacity in the delivery of higher education for the 21st century. It will begin with three schools — the School of Health and Behavioural Sciences; the School of Management, Sciences and Technology; and the School of Humanities and Education.
Professor Griffith also boasts an impressive record of public service, research and scholarly work. He has served on a number of national boards, committees and commissions and currently serves as the chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Caribbean Examinations Council. His research and publications include at least 90 items comprising journal articles, scientific/scholarly papers, technical reports, book and book chapters, and monographs in areas related to various aspects of education, including innovations in education, educational reforms, educational measurement and evaluation, and online learning. His book School-Based Assessment in a Caribbean Public Examination (UWI Press) received the Principal’s Research Award in 2016 for Best Research Publication (book category) in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, at the UWI, Mona Campus.