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March 31, vol xv, number 3
Board of Trustees Selects New UVI President
T he University of the Virgin Islands Board
of Trustees has selected Dr. David Hall as
the next president of the University. The Board
approved a five-year contract for Dr. Hall begin-
ning Aug. 1, 2009.
Dr. Hall will succeed Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster,
who has served as UVI president since 2002.
A professor of law at Northeastern Univer-
sity School of Law, Dr. Hall has had a career as Dr David Hill
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an administrator in the law school and the uni-
versity. He was appointed provost and senior vice
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in July of 1998 and served in that capacity until July 2002.
Dr. Hall held the positions of associate dean of
Academic Affairs and later dean of Northeastern's
law school and had previously been a tenured pro-
fessor at the law schools of the University of Mis-
sissippi and the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Hall holds both a doctorate of juridical
science and LL.M. degree from Harvard Law
School, a J.D. and M.A. from the University of
Oklahoma and a B.A. from Kansas State Univer-
"He is eminently qualified for the position,"
Chair Alexander Moorhead said. "He has a deep
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Carice Glasgow Makes History as Miss UVI
In a history-making pageant, UVI sopho-
more Carice Glasgow was crowned Miss
UVI 2009-2010 at the Miss UVI Ambassa-
dorial Competition held on March 28, on
the St. Croix campus. Glasgow's win marked
the first time that a student enrolled on the
St. Croix campus won the Miss UVI title.
She also walked away with the titles of Miss
Photogenic, Miss Intellect, Best Performing
Talent, Best Ambassadorial Presentation and k
Best Evening Wear.
"Right now I think I'm still in a state of Carice
shock," Glasgow said two days after the com-
petition. Glasgow explained that her preparation for the
pageant began late, because of other commitments in-
cluding being a resident assistant in the dorms and her
course load of 18 credit hours. She attributed much of
her success to her coach Jamal Drummond. Being relaxed
during the competition also paid off for Glasgow. "For
some reason on Saturday, I was really calm," Glasgow
said. "In the end it worked out well."
Glasgow will serve as an ambassador for UVI par-
ticipating in UVI's recruitment efforts and being visible
in the UVI and general community. She will receive a
scholarship that covers full tuition for the Spring and Fall
semesters, a Mary Kay gift basket, two round-trip tickets
on Seaborne Airlines, a two-night stay at Marriott French-
man's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resort,
a $100 gift certificate to the UVI Bookstore
and a gift certificate to Indulgence Spa.
A computer science major, Glasgow is
also a member of the Psychology Club, Math
Boosters, the Travel Club and the UVI Bucs
The competition's first runner up was-
JaeDee Caines. The second runner up was-
Christina Clement, who also won the titles
of Most Popular and Miss Congeniality.
Glasgow A standing-room only crowd attended
the pageant at the Cafetorium on UVI's St.
UVI Celebrates 47 Years with Charter Month Activities
The University of the Virgin Islands community celebrated the school's 47th anniversary with many activities during the month of March. Pic-
tured left to right: UVI employee Lois Rivera pins Afternoon on the Green Founding ( /.. .- . Sonia Waters at the 241, AnnualAfternoon
on the Green; UVI President Dr LaVerne E. Ragster receives a plaque at the March 16, (. .., i. Day Ceremony from event chairperson Dr.
Patricia Harkins-Pierre; humanitarian and physician Dr David Walton lectures during theif .I 0. Heath Lecture Series.
New President Continued
interest in the University and we look forward to a long
and mutually rewarding relationship."
In aJan. 28 meeting with staff on the UVI St. Thomas
campus, Dr. Hall said he wants to be the president of UVI
because the institution has values that are the same as his.
He said he embraces the University's first value "Stu-
"I believe in my heart I have what UVI needs," Dr.
Hall said. UVI has the potential to move forward to
the next level, he added. "You only get to that next level
through sound management and inspirational leader-
ship." Leadership is very different from management and
involves creating a sense of vision and mission, he said.
Leaders should not overlook the work of employees. "You
don't work for me, but we work together," he said at the
meeting. "Each one of us has the same desire to be an
equal part of the institution."
Dr. Hall will meet challenges. Staff in attendance at
the Jan. 28 meeting said their number one concern was
compensation. Other concerns from staff included mo-
rale, staff empowerment, shared governance and increased
and improved resources.
In January, Dr. Hall and Dr. Calvin Jamison, the other
finalist for president, met with students, faculty, staff and
alumni on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses.
The presidential search was conducted by a 15-mem-
ber Search Committee appointed by the UVI Board of
Isaacson Miller, a national executive search firm, was
retained by the Board to assist the Search Committee in
recruiting and screening candidates for the position.
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