Dr. Francis O. Severin has been re-appointed as Public Orator for The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus for three years, with effect from August 1, 2016.
His re-appointment was made official by the University Finance and General Purposes Committee (UF&GPC) at its meeting on May 27, 2016.
The Public Orator is a traditional official post at universities. The person in this position acts as the voice of the University during public occasions. Each campus of The UWI has its own Public Orator who prepares and delivers citations at University functions such as graduation and awards ceremonies and convocations.
Speaking on his re-appointment, Dr. Severin stated that, “ I am very happy that I can continue making a positive contribution to the University as Public Orator of the Open Campus. I very much enjoy introducing and presenting a series of honorary graduands and distinguished guests. Over the years, my aim was to bring a mix of humour and seriousness in required speeches and discourses, using local imagery and dialects in writing both prose and verse. I am honoured to continue to provide my services as Public Orator.”
Dr. Severin is the Director of the Open Campus Country Sites (OCCS), which acts on the University’s behalf primarily to serve fourteen (14) English-speaking Caribbean countries with higher and continuing education, research and outreach. He has been Public Orator of the Open Campus since 2010, when he succeeded the Campus’ first Public Orator, Dr. Lennox Bernard, who had retired the previous year.
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