Perry George, the dean of administration at the University College of the Cayman Islands, passed away Wednesday morning.
An economist, IT specialist and educator, Mr. George joined UCCI, then the Community College of the Cayman Islands, in 1996 as senior lecturer and the head of the Computing Department, where he provided strategic leadership in curriculum development and implementation, and IT development.
UCCI President Roy Bodden said, “Dean George’s passing is most regrettable. He leaves a deep void which will be very hard to fill. I considered him a friend, so for me it’s a double loss. My condolences go out to his wife, children and the rest of his family. We at the University College will try to honor his memory by continuing his stellar work at UCCI.”
In 2000, Mr. George was promoted to associate professor and head of Arts and Sciences, where he was involved in the development of several associate and certificate programs as well as the establishment of a Student Counseling Department.
He became the chair for the Council of Chairs in 2009 before being appointed dean of administration in 2011. Both leadership roles gave Mr. George responsibility for UCCI operations, policymaking and implementation.
He served on various committees at UCCI, including secretary to the Academic and Administrative Committee and co-chair of the Graduation Committee. He also took an active role in the planning of UCCI’s 10th Charter Anniversary Celebrations.
Mr. George also served as First Vice President for the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions, council member of the University of the West Indies (Mona and Open Campus) and FCMI member of the Chartered Institute of Management.
He enjoyed singing, coaching basketball and playing cricket.
Dominica-born Mr. George was a keen club cricketer around the Caribbean and in London. He represented the Cayman Islands at Masters level, a team for which he also served as the treasurer for a number of years.
Abali Hoilett, president of the Cayman Islands Cricket Association, said Mr. George had been a member of Cayman cricket for a long time. “This extends back to his playing days with Blue Marlin International Cricket Club, and since then he has been a supporter of the youth and development programs in Cayman.
“He was definitely one who thought that through cricket a lot of things, like discipline, could be accomplished. And he always wanted to see the youth become involved in the game. I think Cayman cricket as a whole has lost an invaluable member of the cricketing fraternity. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family,” Mr. Hoilett said.
Mr. George was also a member of the West Indies Cricket Board. He was appointed a special member of the Cricket governing body in 2013 after he was nominated by the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions to represent the universities and colleges in the region on the board.
Theo Cuffy, technical director at the Cayman Islands Cricket Association, said Mr. George was “an integral part of our cricket. He was very much part and parcel of the cricket scene.”
Ricardo Roach, a former student at UCCI and fellow-cricketer said, “Mr. George was a true gem. He was one who always strived for excellence and never hesitated to assist anyone. He will be greatly missed.”
The college closed as a mark of respect to Mr. George at 1 p.m. Wednesday. UCCI will hold a commiseration ceremony in memory of Dean George for faculty members and staff on Thursday, April 30, at 3 p.m.