The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Chancellor


The University Chancellor is the highest office-holder in The UWI system. The Chancellor chairs the University Council and the duties of the office are conferred according to the powers vested in The UWI Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations.


Sir George AlleyneSir George Alleyne, was appointed Chancellor of The UWI in October 2003 and reappointed for a second seven-year term in 2010. He is a native of Barbados and an alumnus of the University, having attended when it was then the University College of the West Indies.


Sir George became Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) on February 1, 1995 and completed a second four-year term on January 31, 2003. In 2003 he was elected Director Emeritus of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB). From February 2003 until December 2010 he was the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. He also currently holds an adjunct professorship at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.


Sir George has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including prestigious decorations and national honours from many countries of the Americas. In 1990, he was made Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to Medicine. In 2001, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honour that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.


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