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UWI Mourns Passing of Michael Mansoor

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, November 14, 2014

The UWI Mourns Passing of Michael Mansoor, former Campus Council Chair and Honorary Graduate

Mr Michael Mansoor (2)-11-14-2014.jpgUWI Regional Headquarters, Jamaica – Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies,  E. Nigel Harris has expressed sadness at the passing of honorary graduate, Michael Mansoor. Mansoor was a former chairman of The UWI St Augustine Campus Council and Executive Chairman of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited. This distinguished gentleman, who deservedly rose to high prominence in the Caribbean, passed away on November 10.

 During his 11 years as Campus Chair, Mansoor provided steadfast support and service to The University, the St. Augustine Campus in particular, through the oversight and implementation of a new system of governance; dissolution and reconstruction of the Campus Councils; and two strategic plans. It was during his chairmanship of Campus Council that quality circles in our educational processes were introduced.

Mansoor was conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa at the 2012 UWI St. Augustine Graduation Ceremonies. Professor Surujpal Teelucksingh, then Public Orator of the Campus, called him “an intellectual heavyweight with a keen eye for a good investment.” Professor Teelucksingh added “He performed the Herculean task of merging two competing financial interests in the Caribbean: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Barclays. Out of this magnificent fusion arose the 3,500-person strong, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, now the region’s largest financial services institution and one whose future he has forged with his own deft hands…some of the lessons of this historic Caribbean development are explored in a series of business cases that are being studied both at UWI and elsewhere.”

In expressing condolences on behalf of The UWI, Vice-Chancellor Harris stated, “This is a considerable loss of a loyal friend of the University.” Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Clement Sankat added, “I knew him very well, a quiet, clear thinker, a scholar in his own right and a very fine gentleman; one who served the Campus and The University very well as Chair of our Campus Council, and a champion for The UWI. He was very keen to see us diversify our source of income and becoming a more independently, sustainable institution. A noted banker of excellent values and reputation and whose untimely passing is a big loss to Trinidad and Tobago and the region.“



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