The University of the West Indies (UWI) has named Professor Dale Webber as the new principal of the Mona Campus effective October 1, this year.
UWI said that the appointment of Webber, who is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research at the UWI Mona Campus, was approved by Chancellor Robert Bermudez, on behalf of the University Council, following a recommendation from Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.
Webber will succeed the retiring Professor Archibald McDonald.
“Professor Dale Webber has had a distinguished career in Coastal Ecology and Environmental Management and a strong and consistent record of teaching, graduate supervision, administration and research excellence which spans 30 years of service with The UWI,” UWI said in a statement Friday.
“As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research, Professor Webber has mobilised staff and students across all four campuses to develop eight multi-campus research clusters. This has resulted in four successful international grant applications, as well as a US$25 million research monitoring Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the Government of Montserrat. He has also secured the establishment of posts of Directors of Graduate Studies and Research at the Cave Hill, Mona and St Augustine campuses,”.
The region’s premier tertiary institution said Webber has an excellent record of public service, currently serving as Chairman, Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) Board of Directors, Convener of the CAPE Environmental Sciences Panel for the Caribbean Examination Council, Chairman of CL Environmental Company and Chairman, The Climate Change Advisory Board of Jamaica.
Webber joined The UWI in 1989 as Warden of Taylor Hall (of residence) at the Mona Campus and in 1991, he moved to become Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences. In 2003 he was promoted to the position of senior lecturer and then to the rank of Professor in 2010.