UCCI board of governors gets new members

Cabinet last week replaced two key members of the University College of the Cayman Islands board of governors who resigned last month.

Lemuel Hurlston was appointed as chairman of the board, replacing Sheree Ebanks, who announced her resignation on March 5. Mr. Hurlston worked with the civil service for 26 years, ultimately becoming the chief secretary – a position now known as the deputy governor.

He retired from government service in 1995 and two years later, upon the retirement of Sir Vassel Johnson, became managing director of Montpelier Properties (Cayman) Limited, a position he still holds. He has served in leadership positions of a number of statutory boards over the years, including the Water Authority and Work Permit boards. More recently, he chaired the Education Ministry’s Minimum Wage Advisory Committee, which recommended a minimum wage regime for Cayman.

Cabinet also appointed long-time civil servant and former permanent secretary (a position now known as chief officer) Andrea Bryan as deputy chairman of UCCI’s board of governors, replacing Linford Pierson, who resigned on March 16. Ms. Bryan was already on the board, but now assumes a more prominent role.

In addition, Maples & Calder attorney Stephen Watler was appointed to the board as the nominee of the Caymanian Bar Association.

The appointments were made during the Cabinet meeting on March 31.

Education Minister Tara Rivers welcomed the new appointees.

“I am grateful to our new board members for agreeing to take on this invaluable task on behalf of the people of the Cayman Islands, and to Ms. Bryan for her commitment to serve the Board in a new capacity,” she said.

The resignations of Ms. Ebanks and Mr. Pierson came shortly after a report recommending extensive cost-cutting measures was released. That report was produced by a joint study team made up of board members and faculty and led by Mr. Pierson. The report was met with mixed reactions and Ms. Ebanks faced criticism for comments she made at the press conference when the report was released suggesting that UCCI’s business administration associate’s degrees were “pretty much meaningless” to local employers.

Ms. Ebanks and Mr. Pierson said their resignations had nothing to do with the fallout from the report. Ms. Ebanks said she resigned over concerns of conflicts of interest with her job as the head of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants and Mr. Pierson said he resigned due to personal commitments.