UTech to consider President's dismissal, report findings today
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The University of Technology (UTech) is to meet this afternoon to consider a report on bad governance at the institution and, a recommendation for president Professor Errol Morrison to be dismissed.
The meeting follows yesterday's publication of the report by The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre, detailing an institution flouting government guidelines, making unapproved appointments, spending without proper accounting and facilitating distrust among its staff.
The report was completed by a special advisory committee, set up by the Education Ministry in the aftermath of protests last year by staff unions, alleging financial irregularities and bad governance at the Papine-based institution.
The committee said it does not think that Professor Morrison's continuation as UTech president would be in the best interest of the university and has suggested a major overhaul of the management structures.
Morrison says while issues highlighted in the report were taken out of context, the public will be made aware of intentions of Utech’s highest decision-making body by this evening.
He says the meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m.
In a statement yesterday, the Education Ministry said the report, which it received on February 28, had been forwarded to UTech’s Council for deliberations.
It said the process is to be monitored by the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, headed by Maxine Henry Wilson.
SEE: Education ministry responds to UTech report
The contract of the 69-year-old president is scheduled to end on February 2, 2015, but the committee has recommended that the Government immediately start a public search for a new university head.
The UTech Academic Staff Union has voted for the entire executive management team headed by Professor Morrison to be immediately sent on leave until the issues are settled.
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