Businessman and former election candidate for the governing Virgin Islands Party John Samuel is the new chairman of the H Lavity Stoutt Community College Board of Governors.
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley described Samuel as the best man for the job when he made the announcement during the college’s 26th graduation ceremony held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town on Thursday.
“As a former Permanent Secretary in the then Ministry of Communications and Works, as the owner of The Auto Spot as well as Jocelyn Maritime Training and Consultants, he is the perfect person to help the college bolster its offerings in areas critical to the local job market,” Dr Wheatley said.
“I have every confidence that he will lead the college to even greater heights as we approach the 30th anniversary of the founding of this institution,” added the minister whose statement comes as a number of longstanding members were axed from the board.
Two new positions added to the board
In the meantime, the minister said two new positions were introduced to the board — a faculty representative and a student representative.
“This is something that the faculty has been passionate about for many years, and I am grateful that I am able to introduce this,” Dr Wheatley said.
He said these two appointments are in keeping with the principles of shared governance, adding that he is confident the institution will benefit from the additions.
The Education Minister then applauded those who served on the last board of governors such as Dr Charles Wheatley and former NDP legislator, Eileen Parsons.
“Thank you for your years of tireless service in this institution, and you can be sure that you will be given the celebration that you deserve perhaps in our 30th-anniversary celebrations,” Dr Wheatley said.
He further thanked other previous board members such as Derek Dunlop, Henry Jarecki, Cromwell Smith, Authur Richardson and Kenneth Baker who remained part of the team.
Happy to serve
Meanwhile, Samuel, who delivered his first address as the new chairman, said he is happy to serve.
“It is a privilege and an honour for me to assume the chairmanship of this cherished institution and I express my sincere thanks to the Minister of Education Dr Wheatley for extending to me the invitation and opportunity to again serve my beloved country in such an important and essential capacity,” he said.
Samuel served as an advanced marine navigation instructor at the college more than 20 years ago.
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