Wanted: “Ethical” university president

The University of the Cayman Islands is advertising for a new president, more than a year after its last president Hassan Syed, suspected of defrauding the university, fled the island.

Syed wanted

Mr. Syed

The UCCI board, appointed by the new government last month, invited applications for the post this week in advertisements.

The job advertisement stated the successful candidate should be ‘a visionary, energetic, and ethical leader capable of adapting the College’s programmes and services to cater to the changing needs of the Cayman Islands’ economic, social and cultural context’.

Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush ahs already indicated that the government wants local historian and former cabinet minister Roy Bodden to become the new president.

Brian Chappell has been the acting president of the university since June last year.

Among the requirements is a minimum of a Masters degree from an accredited institution.

After Mr. Syed left Cayman, it became apparent that despite his claims, he did not have the PhD he claimed.

The annual salary for the post is between CI$125,550 and CI$145,000, excluding benefits.

The financial irregularities seen at the university during Mr. Syed’s tenure as president were investigated by the Auditor General, Dan Duguay, who alerted the police’s Financial Crimes Unit.

A police investigation into financial impropriety at the university is underway.

Mr. Syed resigned from UCCI on 12 May, 2008, citing personal health reasons. He turned up working at Centennial College in Toronto, a position he took up in early June. He then resigned from that post when news of what had occurred at UCCI reached the administration of Centennial College.

Mr. Bush said at a recent press briefing that he would seek an update on the investigation and the search for the former president.