Board of Trustees Appoints Presidential Transition Committee

Board of Trustees Appoints Presidential Transition Committee

5th May 2022



Dear University community:

As you know, Dr. Erik Rolland has been appointed President-designate of University of The Bahamas (UB) and will commence his term on 1st August 2022.

As Dr. Rolland prepares to commence his new role, the Board of Trustees (BOT) has appointed a Presidential Transition Committee to foster a meaningful, efficient and collaborative transition for the next President of UB.  The committee will serve in an advisory capacity for a period of six months to facilitate Dr. Rolland’s orientation with the University community and its constituents; cultivate relationship-building with key stakeholders, alumni and friends; and familiarize the incoming president with the wider Bahamian community. The committee is comprised of members of the BOT, University constituents and leading industry and community representatives with a broad range of expertise that will be helpful in Dr. Rolland’s onboarding.

The members of the Presidential Transition Committee include:

·         Mrs. Allyson Maynard-Gibson QC, Board of Trustees Chair
·         Mr. Peter Whitehead, Board Vice-Chair
·         Dr. Keith Russell, Board Trustee
·         Professor Bridget Hogg, Faculty Trustee
·         Dr. Gadville McDonald, Board Trustee
·         Ms. Kristie Powell, Board Trustee
·         Mr. D’Arcy Ryan, Board Trustee
·         Dr. Erik Rolland, President-designate
·         Dr. Ian Strachan, Executive Vice President and President, UB-North
·         Dr. Maria Oriakhi, Vice President, Academic Affairs
·         Ms. Arthurnique Jones, President, Student Government Association
·         Ms. Sandra Dean-Smith, Staff
·         Mrs. Khrystle Rutherford-Ferguson, Alumna, President, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation
·         Mr. Gowon Bowe, Alumnus, Group Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank & Trust International Limited

This committee is committed to creating a firm foundation for the transition of leadership and helping Dr. Rolland to create a strategy to accomplish major priorities and capitalize on key opportunities. As the university continues to evolve into a world-class institution, among the priorities are accreditation, establishing and fortifying UB-North as a STEM campus and centre for entrepreneurship and innovation, and leveraging private sector engagement for university-building and financial sustainability.




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