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Errol Morrison's tenure at UTech ends today

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 10:25 AM

Professor Errol Morrison's tenure with the University of Technology (UTech) officially ends today.

He was appointed president of the institution in 2007 on a five-year contract that was extended by two years in 2012.

However, his tenure was brought into controversy in its late stages last year.

Professor Morrison did not serve out the last year of the extension after a government report recommended his termination.

While he was not fired, he was seconded to the National Commission on Science and Technology as that entity’s director general.

Professor Morrison was replaced by former education minister, Ambassador Burchell Whiteman.

It was reported that the university would be seeking a permanent replacement.

However, there's been no update on that effort.

The last years of Professor’s Morrison’s leadership at UTech were marked by constant battles with institution's staff unions.

Those unions had alleged various financial and governance issues which led to the establishment of a committee that found UTech flouting government guidelines, making unapproved appointments and spending without proper accounting.

In a call for decisive action, the committee said it did not think that Professor Morrison’s continuation as UTech president would be in the best interest of the university.

Professor Morrison dismissed the report saying he acted correctly in managing the institution.

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