The University College of the Cayman Islands and the Cayman
Islands Law School will be renamed after two veteran politicians, Benson Ebanks
and Truman Bodden, respectively.
Premier McKeeva Bush said Cabinet approved in principle on
Tuesday, 2 July, to rename the institutions after the two former government
He said Mr. Ebanks had, over several terms, had a
distinguished career as a legislator and as a minister of education and that
UCCI had taken “large strides under his leadership”.
“It is therefore fitting that the University College be
renamed as the Benson O. Ebanks University College of the Cayman Islands, or
the Benson O. Ebanks College, and the formal steps towards this will be
The law school will be renamed the Truman M. Bodden Law
School next year, in time to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
Mr. Bush said that like Mr. Ebanks, Mr. Bodden had also
served several terms in the Legislative Assembly and had also been a minister
“Perhaps influenced by his own professional interest in the
law, but also no doubt fully aware of the opportunities for Caymanians in the
field, Mr. Bodden had a great deal to do with the setting up, in 1982, of the
Cayman Islands Law School.
“This institution has long proven its worth in the legal
fraternity of the Cayman Islands, in the criminal justice system, and in the
financial services industry,” Mr. Bush said.
He said both these men had made significant contributions to
“This recognition has been earned, and it matters not what
side they were on politically to me nor my government for we do not look at a
person’s contribution to that extent. Their achievement, their contribution, is
the measure to be used.”
The premier added that his government believed that such
honours should be bestowed on people while they were still alive so they could
enjoy the recognition.
Mr. Bush said the government planned to name other places
after individuals, such as the new government administration building. He did
not reveal who that building would be named after, but said it would renamed to
honour a “distinguished public servant who helped build the Civil Service in
He said he would bring a proposal to rename the government
building to Cabinet shortly.