Judith Vanterpool will officially take the reins as the new President of the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) on August 1.
Vanterpool is the wife of government minister Mark Vanterpool and also the current Vice President of the educational facility. She succeeds Dr Janet Smith, who will demit office on July 31.
Chairman of the HLSCC Board, Dr Charles Wheatley made the announcement during the college’s graduation ceremony yesterday, June 28.
He said he was confident in Vanterpool’s capabilities.
“Now, if anybody can tell you about the strengths of that little woman, I can. In another life, I had to make decisions which would have affected her future so I know what I am talking about … She worked with me for 14 years at this institution when I was president,” Dr Wheatley said.
He then told the newly-appointed college president: “Mrs V, as we affectionately call you, I hope you will do what is just and what is right for your people and for the territory and I wish you well.”
Dr Wheatley also had kind words for the outgoing college president.
“Dr Smith, I want to thank you sincerely for the contributions that you have made to this institution over the years. I think your service will always be remembered,” he said.
“You had challenges, which were the typical challenges of the whole territory this academic year. But you have come through. We wish you joy, happiness and self-fulfilment in all your future endeavours.”
Education Minister Myron Walwyn also said a ‘special thank you’ to Dr Smith and requested a standing ovation on her behalf.
“Dr Smith has worked with this college in various capacities since its inception — culminating in being the president for the last two years. [She has] also been a very good driving force behind the accreditation for the institution. We thank you for your hard work and diligence, Dr Smith,” said Walwyn.
Dr Smith told BVI News her appointment as college president two years ago was an interim position. She said now that she has fulfilled her role, she is looking forward to returning to a happy retirement.
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