THE UNIVERSITY of Technology Jamaica (UTech) on Monday announced that Vivian Crawford, former executive director of the Institute of Jamaica, was appointed the university's third pro-chancellor.
According to a release from the university, Crawford's appointment, which took effect last October, followed a recommendation by the Council of the University and approval by Cabinet.
An installation ceremony is being planned for his investiture to the position. The pro-chancellor is the chairman of the Council.
Crawford has been the longest serving member of the University's Council, having served as honorary treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee from 1991 to 2012.
Crawford retired as executive director at the Institute of Jamaica in December 2012, having served for 12 years. Prior to his tenure at the Institute, he was chief inspector and general manager for Retail Banking in the Eastern Region at Citizen's Bank for 14 years.
Distinguished board members
The boards on which he currently serves include the University of Technology, Jamaica, as member of Council, the Audit Committee of the Jamaica Library Service, the Ward Theatre Foundation and the Cariforum Cultural Fund, where he was facilitator at the 15th Meeting of the Ministers of the Caribbean Forum in Haiti.
Formerly, he served as member of council, the Institute of Jamaica; member of the Group of Experts on the Financial and Administrative Committee of UNESCO Paris; HEART/TRUST NTA; the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission as chairman, chairman; Culture Committee of the Planning Institute of Jamaica's Vision 20/30; the Jamaica National Heritage Trust; the Mico University College; Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the board of the National Library of Jamaica.
The Institute of Jamaica, under his watch, witnessed the restoration of Liberty Hall, the legacy of Marcus Garvey, as well as the implementation of the Sites of Memory Programme commemorating outstanding records of our history through the installation of plaques.
These sites include the Old King's House, Spanish Town where the Act of the Abolition of Slavery was read, the birthplace of outstanding Jamaican nurse, Mary Seacole, and the Carmel Moravian Church, Westmoreland, commemorating the introduction of free elementary education by the Moravians.