Dr. Livingston Smith, who has been with the University College of the Cayman Islands since 2000, is bringing his wealth of experience and knowledge back to the classroom just in time for the summer semester, which begins May 11.
Dr. Smith, who was named UCCI’s first Vice President and Provost in June 2018, is leaving that post, after having overseen the completion of a strategic plan for the school, creation of an academic framework, re-establishment of an academic ranking and promotion program and the renewal of accreditation with several international bodies. He also, led the University College in its transition to online teaching and learning.
“As the University College’s first VP and Provost, Dr. Smith’s contributions to our institution have spanned nearly two decades. He encourages progress and acknowledges the extraordinary contributions of our faculty and staff,” said UCCI President Stacy McAfee. “We look forward to watching Dr. Smith engage and inspire students and faculty alike with his enthusiasm and warmth.”
An honours graduate of Church Teachers College in Jamaica, Dr. Smith earned his PhD in government while studying at the University of the West Indies and Florida International University.
In 2012 he was named professor of social sciences and has extensive experience in teaching not only political science but history, sociology, ethics and research methodology. His return to teaching will strengthen UCCI’s offerings.
Dr. Smith has worked tirelessly to advance tertiary education in the Cayman Islands. He is also known in the community for his work as Director of the CXC Education Volunteer Programme, now in its 17th year and for his columns in the Caymanian Times. A practicing Christian, Dr. Smith is an Elder in the Savannah Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Dr. Smith said “his commitment to UCCI is irrevocable as it is a crucial instrument of development. “The most important activity is not what goes on in offices, but what goes on in the classroom, the engagement with students, as we prepare them to think, to adapt, to be creative, especially knowing that job skills learnt today soon become irrelevant” he further explained.
President McAfee said she was grateful for the work Dr. Smith accomplished in his administrative role and for his dedication to the University College. “We wish Dr. Smith the very best as he transitions into his new responsibilities. Our next VP and Provost will have the honour of building upon the foundation which has been established” she said.