IUC Installs Regional Pro- Chancellor
The South Middlesex branch of the International University of the Caribbean (IUC) recently etched a new milestone in the institution's history with the recent installation of the second Regional Pro-Chancellor.
Replacing the former Pro-Chancellor, attorney-at-law, the late Keith Smith, is entrepreneur Dorothy Miller.
Miller, who was installed at a ceremony held at the Ridgemount United Church on Wednesday, April 15, is tasked with being the chief honorary officer that will provide support and care, and enable the work of the team for the region.
"We are serious about the business of the university. It is important that we participate, we plan, we strategise in ensuring that we bring to the forefront of leadership the quality leaders who understand the business of learning and earning," expressed president IUC, Dr. Maitland Evans.
According to the deputy general secretary of the Southern Regional Mission Council, Rose Wedderburn, with IUC celebrating 10 years of existence, this new appointment will boost the significance of the institution and what it offers.
"As we welcome Mrs. Miller in this new role,e we are confident that the quality of her leadership will be such that IUC presence and relevance in this context will be enhanced."
Echoing her sentiments, mayor of Mandeville, Brenda Ramsay, stated: "Since the inception of the Mandeville campus, it has been playing a critical role in providing access not just in terms of space or the variety of courses, but the affordability and the creative ways in which people are able to finance their course of study. This is especially important at a time when we here in Manchester, and, in Mandeville, in particular, are actively having conversations regarding a university town."
Dorothy Miller is no stranger to the educational sector as her tertiary education began at Church Teacher's College, where she pursued studies in the field of science and physical education. She pursued a diploma in Human Resource Development from the Institute of Management and Production and later a Certificate in Management studies from the University of the West Indies. She began her career life as an educator, first at the Kellits Primary School, then the Spaulding Secondary School and at Mount Caramel All-Age as vice-principal.
Miller, who left education and moved into the insurance industry, has always been involved in service initiatives and community programmes, some of which include: being member of the Clarendon 4H advisory board; elder and president of the Women's Ministries at the Spaulding United Church; board member and later chairman of the Winston Jones High School; adviser to the Junior achievement programme of Manchester; vice-president of the PNP Women's Movement; current board chairman, Knox College; and chairman, Manchester Cultural Development Committee.
Along with her husband, Glen, Miller founded High Tech Chemicals, a company that manufactures and distributes industrial and household cleaning materials and equipment. The company offers janitorial services which employ more than 300 individuals. The couple also own the 'Bull head Mountain Spring Water'.
With much surprise that she would even be considered for such an appointment, Miller vowed to do all she can to further add to the significant strides the university has made.
"In accepting this honour, I also accept its challenges recognising that there is no problem or challenge that can withstand the onslaught of sustained thinking. The IUC is showing dedication and great care in helping students to become world leaders as we believe that education is the only key to sustainable upward mobility for our people especially the less privileged."