Prof Nigel Harris appointed UG Chancellor

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Professor Nigel Harris
Professor Nigel Harris
Professor Nigel Harris

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Professor Nigel Harris, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, has been appointed to serve as the ninth Chancellor of the University of Guyana with effect from August 26, 2015 succeeding Dr Compton Bourne, who served from 2009 to 2012.

Professor Harris has held many leadership positions, including his most recent post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of West Indies (October 1, 2004 to April 30, 2015); President of the Association of Caribbean Universities and Research Institutes (UNICA)from 2012 to 2015, and Chairman of the Association of Commonwealth Universities for a two-year term (2011-2013).

He is also internationally recognized for his contributions to the rheumatology field.

In commenting on his new appointment, Professor Harris said, “I welcome this opportunity to work with the leaders, staff and students of the University of Guyana community, as well as with government and other stakeholders to forge the growth and success of this institution so critical to the economic, social and cultural development of Guyana and the Caribbean

The new Chancellor graduated with a BS degree in chemistry from Howard University (1968) and proceeded to Yale University, where he received a Master of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry (1973).

He earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania (1977) and returned to the Caribbean where he completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of the West Indies at Mona. He was subsequently awarded the post-graduate degree, Doctor of Medicine (DM) in 1981.

Professor Harris has also acquired many notable awards including the Cacique Crown of Honour from Guyana in 2011, the Martin Luther King International Award that was received in Washington DC in 2010. And the 11th Congressional District of the USA declared February 11, 2015, the “Eon Nigel Harris Day” in recognition of his contributions to Medical Research.

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