UCCI Board short four members

The University College of the Cayman Islands is seeking new governors following the departure of four members over the past eight months.

The resignations of Sophia Harris and Rohan Small late last year has brought to four the number of vacancies on the board.

Another member, Susan Olde, left the board about seven months ago. The position left vacant when former UCCI President Hassan Syed resigned before disappearing from the island in May last year remains unfilled until a new permanent President of the university has been appointed.

Board Chairman Conor O’Dea said: ‘Two governors resigned in the November/December period purely for personal reasons.

‘They remain fully supportive of the Board of Governors.’

He added: ‘The President is an ‘ex officio’ member of Board. Brian Chapell is acting president and we have not appointed a successor as president – therefore [there is] a vacancy on Board until [a] president [is] appointed. In addition, we are working with the Ministry [of Education] on the other three vacancies.’

Under the University College Law, the university president must sit as an ex officio member on the board, and Cabinet appoints the other members which include the financial secretary or his nominee; six members from the financial, industrial, commercial or other professional bodies; two honorary members from outside Cayman who do not have a vote on the board; and two other members, including one from the college faculty.

Each member is appointed for three years and members of the current are due to sit until 28 February 2010.

Mrs. Harris confirmed on Tuesday she had tendered her resignation for personal reasons. She added: ‘I wish the minister all the very best moving forward. I have no other comment.’

Susan Olde resigned from the board last year and left Cayman to return to the United States to live, according to one of the other Board members.

Mr. Small could not be reached for comment by press time.

Meanwhile, Hassan Syed’s whereabouts remain unknown and he is being investigated by police for financial irregularities that occurred at the university when he was president.

Board member Steve Hawley said there had been no concerted effort by the three board members to leave and all had gone for personal or business reasons.