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June 24, 2010 vol xvi, number 6
UVI Gets $1 M Donation
T he University of the Virgin Islands received a $1
million donation its largest single cash gift from
UVI Trustee and businessman S. Donald Sussman. It will
be used toward the construction of a new science building
on the St. Thomas campus. The gift to the University was
announced by President David Hall at the June 12 Board
of Trustees meeting.
"This is just phenomenal," President Hall said. "Con-
struction of the science building is part of an overall plan
to build four buildings. To do this we are going to need
public and private resources. A local donation such as this
is the anchor to make sure that this institution moves for-
Dr. Camille McKayle, dean of the College of Science
and Mathematics, said the college is pleased and thankful
for the donation. "Our goal is to expose UVI students
to what science and being a scientist is all about. A new
building, with space designed with this in mind, would
bring us a lot closer to this goal," Dr. McKayle said. "It
would also enhance UVI's ability to compete for fund-
ing in support of science curriculum and research. This
is truly a wonderful development for our students, our
faculty and the institution."
Sussman said his $1 million science building donation
is intended to serve as the "lead gift" to the University's
construction effort, which will require additional donor
In addition to the science building, UVI plans to
build a residence hall on the St. Thomas campus and an
academic building and multi-purpose building on the St.
To make a donation to UVI or for more information
about charitable giving at UVI call the Office of Institu-
tional Advancement at 340-693-1040.
UVI's Interim Dean for the School of Education Dr
Ronald Harrigan works at his desk. Dr Harrigan will
retire after working at UVI for 38 years.
Dean, VP, Professor,
Director & Chairman,
Dr. Harrigan Retires
Dr. Ronald Harrigan has had a one-of-a-kind experi-
ence at UVI starting as a student, then an entry
level employee and rising through the ranks in adminis-
tration and academia. Now retiring, after working at UVI
for 38 years, Dr. Harrigan reflected on the impact he has
had on the institution.
Dr. Harrigan joined the staff of the then College of
the Virgin Islands in 1972, after earning a Bachelor of
Arts in business administration. He was designated a ju-
nior officer trainee in a program designed to train young
Virgin Islanders for leadership positions at the institu-
tion. Shortly after, he was transferred to the St. Croix
campus as an assistant to the student services officer and
was tasked with bringing registration, counseling, aca-
demic advising, records management, student orientation
and student activities services in line with St. Thomas. He
helped to facilitate the move to the Melvin Evans Center.
"It was in this position that I began to get more involved
in higher education administration from an educational
perspective," said Dr. Harrigan, who before had dreams
of teaching business owners how to become successful.
He went on to earn a master's degree in education and a
Doctor of Education degree.
After two years on the St. Croix campus, Dr. Harri-
gan transferred back to the St. Thomas campus as a stu-
dent personnel officer. In this first supervisory position
Dr. Harrigan honed skills which eventually lead him to
the top Student Affairs position vice president for Stu-
dent Life and Development. In that position he helped
to develop university-wide policies in student affairs, ser-
vice delivery systems and student exchange. He also had
oversight of UVI's Athletic Program and facilities. He
was responsible for fostering relationships with local and
regional colleges and institutions.
Two of the changes that Dr. Harrigan remembered
seem simple, but were very satisfying to students at the
time he was the first to assign women who lived on cam-
pus to single rooms. Before that, all women were required
to share rooms. He also changed the meal plan to offer
tiered meal plan options.
Dr. Harrigan may be most remembered for his work
in UVI athletics. He organized the Athletic Program into
varsity sports, club sports and intramural sports. Under
Dr. Harrigan's leadership, those changes led to UVI be-
ing granted provisional membership in Division II ath-
letics in the National Collegiate Athletic Association in
Under the leadership of former UVI President Dr.
Orville Kean and former Facilities Director Leo Fran-
cis, Dr. Harrigan oversaw the construction of the Sports
and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. He was a
founding member of the Caribbean University Sports As-
1/VI Students 'Taking it Over'
UVI students and an administrator pose with Roland Martin,
center, at the Generation Now Leadership Conference held on
June 19, on St. Croix. Martin, an award-winning journal-
ist, syndicated columnist, CNN analyst and TV One commen-
tator, was the keynote speaker at the conference. His speech
titled "Taking It Over" focused on how leaders should forge
ahead. Generation Now invited and sponsored UVI student
leaders' participation in the conference.
sociation, which allowed UVI teams to play against teams
from other Caribbean islands. He was also a co-founder
of the Virgin Islands University Sports Federation.
Dr. Harrigan said his heart has always been in the
area of student development. "My first responsibility was
student affairs and that's where I put all my effort," he
said. "I really enjoy student development work."
Dr. Harrigan helped to develop the first student ex-
change programs between UVI and other Caribbean uni-
versities and was a co-founder of the Summer Institute
for Future Global Leaders. He has served as faculty advi-
sor to the UVI Anguilla Association and Rotaract Club.
While Dr. Harrigan's contributions on the adminis-
trative side are many, he has also served at top levels in
UVI's academics. He retires in June as UVI's interim dean
of the School of Education, where he has worked as a
professor and division chairman. He has also served as
UVI's director of Graduate Programs.
"I've made my contribution," Dr. Harrigan said.
On June 27, Dr. Harrigan's career will be celebrated
at a retirement luncheon at noon at the Wyndham Sugar
Bay Beach Resort.
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