Professor Gordon Shirley, now Jamaica's ambassador to Washington, D.C.
Gordon Shirley, Jamaica's ambassador to Washington is among 60 applicants for the position of principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus.
Other applicants for the top job include Professor Stephen Vasciannie, former head of the Department of Government as well as Professor Carolyn Cooper, head of the Reggae Studies Institute. Ambassador Shirley is the former executive director of the Mona School of Business at the UWI.
The position of principal became vacant last year when Professor Kenneth Hall gave up the job after being appointed Governor-General.
Professor Elsa Leo-Rhyne has been serving as acting principal since the resignation of Professor Hall. She will be retiring when her acting stint ends next year.
The UWI has advertised the post of principal and has asked prospective candidates to be prepared to take up office in October 2007.
Carroll Edwards, the public relations Officer at the UWI said she suspects applicants for the position may soon be interviewed. A source close to the situation said interviews will take place between September 6 and 8 after which a shortlist will be generated.
No plans for replacement
Contacted this week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Jamaican Embassy in Washington said there were no plans to replace Professor Shirley.
"He is still the ambassador and will continue to serve as the ambassador until his tenure ends," Derrick Scott, Information Attaché at the Jamaican Embassy in Washington said. Professor Shirley's term as ambassador expires in 2007.
Professor Gordon Shirley replaced Seymour Mullings as Ambassador to Washington in June 2004.