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Stephen Vasciannie is new UTech president … 10 things about him

Published:Friday | December 16, 2016 | 12:32 PM
Vasciannie has been appointed president of UTech.

Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie has been appointed president of the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica.

In making the announcement Pro-Chancellor Richard Powell said he was happy that Vasciannie has agreed to join UTech.

UTech, now under a probe by the Contractor General, has been without a president since 2014 when Professor Errol Morrison was reassigned as the director general of the National Commission on Science and Technology.

Ambassador Vasciannie is taking over the reins at UTech at a time when there is intense complaint that qualified lecturers are leaving because their salaries are not attractive.

He will also have to review academic offerings to ensure that they are meeting current demands.

In October the permanent secretary in the Education Ministry Maurice Smith told a parliamentary committee that UTech needs to be re-imagined.

In this 2012 file photo, Stephen Vasciannie poses with wife Lisa in Washington, DC.

10 things you should know about the new UTech President:

1 –  He has been a member of the Jamaican Bar for 20 years

2 – Principal of the Norman Manley Law School 2008-2012

3 – Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States of America – 2012-2015

4 – Kingston College past student

5 – Rhodes Scholar recipient – 1981

6 –  Former Deputy Solicitor General for Jamaica

7 –  Chairman of the Organization of American States Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs –  2014-2015

8 –  Served on the United Nations International Law Commission for a five-year period from 2007 

9 – Received national award of Order of Distinction (Commander Class) in 2015 for his services to Jamaican Education, Law and International Relations

10 – Father to two sons with wife Lisa