PROFESSOR CLAUDE Packer, president of The Mico University College, who has served the teaching profession at the highest level for more than 49 years, is slated to retire in 2014.
Packer became principal of the Mico Teachers' College in 1995 and was subsequently appointed as the first president of The Mico University College in 2009.
He has received numerous awards and honours for his service to education, including the Silver Musgrave Medal in 1997, for his contribution to mathematics education in Jamaica; the Governor General's Achievement Award in 2003; and the Mico Gold Medal for Excellence in 2007. He also received a national honour at the level of Commander of the Order of Distinction in 2008.
Prior to taking up the position of principal, and later president of The Mico University College, Packer was, among other things, head of the Department of Economics, and lecturer in mathematics in the Faculty of Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona; lecturer at Cornell University; and external examiner for mathematics with the Caribbean Examinations Council.
BEST YEARS OF LIFE
In reflecting on his years at the institution, Packer said: "My work at The Mico has been the best years of my life and it is my hope that The Mico will shortly achieve full university status and continue to respond to national needs."
In 2009, he was appointed by the board of The Mico University College as professor of mathematics for his work in this field. He has taught generations of students to excel in mathematics.