The President of the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT), Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy, has resigned.
The tendering of his resignation comes one week after much speculation throughout all the campuses, following the announcement of a senior appointment from him.
In a Memorandum dated 14 January 2020, Professor Al-Zubaidy said his resignation takes effect 31 March 2020. However, he stated that he will be proceeding on vacation leave and that his last day in office will be 25 February 2020.
Professor Al-Zubaidy said the university surmounted many challenges which, he said, only served to steer “us on the right path towards providing quality tertiary education and research for the advancement of T&T”.
He extended best wishes for a smooth transition into the new phase of UTT.
On 2 January 2020, Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidy announced the appointment of acting Vice President for Corporate Operations, Dr Zameer Mohammed.
He said the Board of Governors appointed Dr Mohammed effective 1 January 2020, “as recruitment efforts commence to fill the post”.
Dr Mohammed is expected to assume overall responsibility for the delivery of corporate services throughout the University.
The units listed under Corporate Operations are: Finance, Human Resources and Administration, Infrastructure and Maintenance, Outreach and Industry Relations and Technology Services.
Dr Mohammed’s new assignment, according to Al-Zubaidy is to “be performed without prejudice to his role of assistant Vice President, Outreach and Industry Relations”.
Last week, there were unconfirmed reports that the UTT President had tendered his resignation for reasons unknown.
It also was disclosed that Sandra Ganness was appointed Head of Student Support Services.
On 2 September 2019, as the final batch of retrenchment letters were being handed out at the Corinth, San Fernando Technical Institute and the John Donaldson Institute of the UTT, Professor Al-Zubaidy sent out a Memorandum to staff introducing the first set of appointments to three senior academic positions.
The positions were: Office of Research, Academic and Student Affairs, Professor Prakash Persad, Vice President Research, Academic and Student Affairs (Acting); Office of Undergraduate Studies, Dr Stephen Joseph, Assistant Vice President Undergraduate Studies (Acting); and Office of Research, Impact and Postgraduate Studies Professor Marlon Knights, Assistant Vice President Research, Impact and Postgraduate Studies (Acting).
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