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Friday, Oct 30, 2020

Forbes-Vanterpool in as Chair & Dr Smith Vice-Chair in HLSCC leadership shake-up

The Virgin Islands (VI) Premier tertiary learning institution, the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) is now under new leadership with a new Chairman, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Governors as well as the appointment of a new President and Vice President.

The VI Cabinet has approved the appointment of Mrs Fiona Forbes-Vanterpool as Chair and Dr L. Sauda Smith as Vice-Chair with effect from September 15, 2020, to May 31, 2022.

Additionally, the Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), approved the Board’s recommendation for Dr Richard W. E. Georges to be appointed as President of the College for three years with effect from 1st October 2020.

The Board has also approved the appointments of Dr Arlene L. Smith-Thompson as Vice President of Academic Affairs.

New Leadership welcomed – Dr Wheatley


Honorable Wheatley commenting on the appointments said, “I thank all the appointees for accepting these weighty responsibilities. I am proud that, with the appointment of our Board Chairperson and our President, we have relatively young persons who will lead the institution that helped prepare them for success.”

The Deputy Premier further added that the new appointments bring stability, new ideas, energetic leadership and vibrance to the college.

“Our Board Deputy Chair along with our new Vice President are also excellent choices which further propel the institution to new heights. Dr Sauda Smith has a great deal of experience and institutional knowledge and Dr Arlene L. Smith-Thompson has a wealth of experience in education and in administration. I congratulate this leadership team and wish them every success,” Hon Wheatley said.

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