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Embattled CMU appoints interim president, new treasurer

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:00 AM
New CMU interim president Evan Duggan’s appointment is one of two key changes at the CMU.

Professor Evan Duggan has been appointed interim president of the embattled Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

The appointment takes effect on June 1.

Duggan replaces Professor Fritz Pinnock who is now on leave of absence amid fraud and other criminal charges.

Resigned education minister Ruel Reid, his wife Sharen, their daughter Sharelle and Brown’s Town Division councillor Kim Brown Lawrence are also on criminal charges in relation to what is now regarded as the CMU affair.

It involves questionable spending amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, flagrant human resource breaches, and violations of the government's procurement and other protocols.

Duggan’s appointment is one of two key changes at the CMU.

Chartered accountant Joy Harrison has also been named treasurer.

She will be expected to play a lead role in fixing the administrative headache in the CMU's finance department. 

In January, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a new CMU council headed by Port Authority of Jamaica president Professor Gordon Shirley.

It followed a damning Auditor General’s report which uncovered serious governance issues and financial irregularities.

The  Auditor General also found that the CMU had some 21 bank accounts some of which were not being properly administered.

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