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Publication Date: 12/26/2003
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March 28, 2003 vol. ix, number 3

President Ragster Installed on UVI's Charter Day

Preceding Activities Engage Community, Hundreds Attend Ceremony


Lauded by colleagues, encouraged
by politicians and congratulated by all, Dr.
LaVerne Erina Ragster was installed as
the University ofthe Virgin Islands' fourth
president and first female to hold the of-
fice. The event took place on March 16,
UVI's Charter Day, in front of hundreds
of people at the Reichhold Center for the
Arts on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
Described by Governor Charles
Tumbull as "a daughter of the soil who
has dedicated herselfto the education and
the progress of the people in this terri-
tory, the region and the world," Presi-
dent Ragster outlined her goals for UVI.
"Our mission to develop the intellec-
tual capital of the US Virgin Islands and
the rest of the Caribbean through an in-
tegrated program in instruction, research
and public service," said President
Ragster in her address, "will be expressed
by the realization ofa powerful vision that
designates the University of the Virgin
Islands as a facilitator of social and eco-
nomic transformation in the territory and
as a model of excellence in collaboration
and service."
In order to provide high quality in-
structional programs and student ser-
vices, which is one of her goals, Presi-
dent Ragster plans: to obtain funding for
three endowed faculty chairs in science,
business and communications, to ensure
faculty development, to integrate tech-
nology and hands-on experiences in


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Chairman of the UVI Board of Trustees Dr
Auguste Rimpel, Jr. presents UVI President
LaVerne Ragster with the presidential medal-
lion at her installation ceremony on March
16. (.. I. ,, President Ragster delivers the in-
augural address.


learning, and to maintain accreditation sta-
tus with the Middle States Association of
Colleges and Schools.
A soon to be approved master plan
will involve structural improvements on
both campuses, starting with the comple-
tion of new student dining facilities and
centralization ofthe university administra-
tion in the Harvey Center on St. Thomas,
and expansion of research and training fa-
cilities on St. Croix. In her inaugural ad-
dress, President Ragster said more train-
ing courses and certificate programs will
be made available to community members
in order to build a more qualified
workforce.
Other goals that President Ragster
plans to realize over the next five years
include ensuring that all UVI programs
support the social and economic develop-
ment ofthe territory, increasing sponsored
program awards to $15 million per year,
increasing enrollment to 3,000 students,
increasing the UVI endowment by $2 mil-
lion, increasing private gifts and donations
to $900,000 per year, increasing govern-
ment appropriations by 15 percent and de-
veloping new revenue sources. Establish-
ing the V.I. Technology and Education
Center as part of Phase I of the Research
and Technology Park is also on the hori-
zon.
President Ragster, who has long ad-
vocated strong links between UVI and the
private and public sectors, hopes to ex-


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March 28 Community Engagement Food Sale, STT April 3, 9-10 SGA Elections, STT/STX
March 29 Spring Ball, STX April 3 Stepping Workshop, STT
March 29 Reichhold Center Production, STT April 4-6, 11-13 Little Theater Play, STT

















President LaVerne Ragster installation was preceded by several activities (clockwise) President LaVerne Ragster greets guests at
the inaugural reception on the St. Croix campus. Administrators and staff listen to President Ragster at the faculty, staff and student
reception on the St. Thomas campus. A spectator observes the artwork of UVI's Hilda Joyce at the Cultural and Art Exhibit. A clown
(UVI Steve Prosterman) prepares to flip a sword above a youngster at Afternoon on the Green.


tend those links to the
U.S. mainland and the
Eastern Caribbean. Lo-
cally, she wants UVI to
serve as a facilitator of
dialogs about issues that
affect the community,
such as a Virgin Islands
constitution, an issue that
arose from UVI's Pub-
lic Forum on the Politi-
cal Status of the Virgin
Islands.
The public forum
was one of the activities
that preceded President
Ragster's installation.
Other activities included
receptions on all three Virgin Islands, Afternoon on the Green, a
Faculty Colloquium and a Cultural Extravaganza.
President Ragster's appointment as UVI's leader was well
received.
"The leader of this institution is part of the grand design of
shaping the future of this U.S. Virgin Islands," Senate President


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David Jones said
at the installation,
as he pledged his
personal and politi-
cal support to
UVI. "The value
ofthis institution is
indisputable," Sen.
Jones said, noting
the University's
role of resolving
educational, eco-
nomic and social
issues of the terri-
tory.
"I'm com-
fortable that with
Dr. Ragster at the


helm we can get it done," he said.

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