The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Densil A. Williams as the new chairman of the UWI Press Board of Directors. The appointment took effect on August 1, 2021, Professor Williams succeeds Dr Luz Longsworth, who held the post from June 2017.
Professor Williams indicated that “as chairman of the UWI Press, my attention will be focused on working with management to design organic and inorganic strategies to grow the balance sheet. The UWI Press has a strong brand which should be leveraged to generate significant financial benefits. The main strategic goals over the medium-term will be to ensure the financial sustainability for the UWI Press through adroit balance sheet management.”
Professor Williams has served on the UWI Press Board of Directors since February 2017 as the Vice Chancellor’s nominee, providing insights on the commercial and financial operations of the UWI Press. He was appointed as the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Five Islands Campus in May 2020. His appointment was approved by the University Council and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has indicated its keenness to work with Professor Williams in advancing the Five Islands Campus as a key objective within The UWI’s strategic plan. In addition to his position as principal of the Five Islands Campus, Professor Williams continues to oversee the portfolio as Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic, Industry Partnerships and Planning, maintaining an impressive record of public service, research and scholarly work and university administration.
Professor Williams serves as director on numerous boards in the private and public sector in Jamaica and across the Caribbean region. He serves on several university committees entrusted with delivering transformational change to the operations of the UWI. Professor Williams is the author of five (5) books, numerous research papers, conference proceedings, book chapters and articles in refereed journals. He is also a Commonwealth scholar, a Government of Jamaica Exhibition scholar, a Lomé IV scholar and, a Jamaica Flour Mills scholar.
The UWI community extends congratulations to Professor Williams on this appointment and wishes him a successful tenure.