FORMER Prime Minister P J Patterson has been named the first “Statesman in Residence” for The University of the West Indies (The UWI).
The Statesman in Residence is a new honorary title approved by The UWI’s Regional Finance and General Purposes Committee at a meeting last week, in line with many elite global universities, and designed for non-academic staff at the university.
“This honorary title is reserved for very distinguished and prominent regional and international retired leaders who are willing to carry out a scope of work within the university’s strategic plan, and brings to the task the necessary budget and support system so as to be independent in their functions,” The UWI said in a release yesterday.
It noted that since his official retirement from politics, Patterson has emerged as a prominent figure in The UWI alumni matters and serves as patron of the university’s Global Giving Programme — an initiative created four years ago to raise money regionally and globally for financially distressed but deserving students.
“In addition, Mr Patterson’s donation of US$100,000 established The PJ Patterson Endowment Fund to provide scholarships for students to spend up to a year at another UWI campus, to re-create the spirit of regional integration,” added The UWI.
Two other items bearing Patterson’s name were also approved by The UWI’s Regional Finance and General Purposes Committee with unanimous agreement.