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UTech to get interim president

Published:Tuesday | April 15, 2014 | 3:09 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Gleaner/Power 106 News understands that an interim president is to be appointed to run the University of Technology (UTech).

Contacted earlier today, the Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said it will be the responsibility of governing council of the University to indicate a choice.

Thwaites further said the UTech Council is to make a determination on arrangements for the current leadership structure including positions held by incumbents.

The interim president would take over from the embattled Professor Errol Morrison.

In February a committee set up by the Education Ministry to probe governance issues at UTech said it did not think Professor Morrison's continuation as president would be in the best interest of the university.

In a 24-page report, the committee concluded that UTech has been flouting government guidelines, making unapproved appointments and spending without proper accounting.

Two weeks after the report was presented, the UTech council met and determined that Professor Morrison would remain until his contract expires in February next year.

When contacted, Professor Morrison, directed our queries to the chairman of the UTech council, Vivian Crawford.

However, calls to Crawford have been unsuccessful they went unanswered.

The UTech probe was prompted by allegations of financial irregularity and mismanagement raised by UTech’s staff unions last year.

The report noted that UTech is failing to adhere to established rules and has a heavy and unwieldy structure.

It was also pointed out in the report that UTech has 1,404 people on staff but the Finance Ministry had only approved 623.

The university has rejected many of the findings but has said it is taking steps to implement some of the recommendations made by the committee.

The UTech Academic, Administrative Support Staff Association and the University and Allied Workers unions have expressed dissatisfaction at the slow pace of implementation.


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