NCU, Mandeville, Jamaica - On Sunday, Northern Caribbean University (NCU) conferred Chairman of Sagicor Group Jamaica Limited, Richard Byles, with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Jamaica’s growth and development.
Along with being the Chairman of the Board for Sagicor Group, Mr. Byles is also Chairman at Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited and Sagicor Real Estate X-Fund Limited. Before his appointment as Chairman, Mr Byles served the Sagicor Group as President and CEO. Under his leadership, the Group has grown and evolved through a series of acquisitions and has significantly increased profits
Outside of the Sagicor Group, Mr Byles is the current Chairman of Red Stripe Jamaica (Desnoes and Geddes), a Director of Pan Jam and a member of Council of the University of the West Indies. He is the former Co-Chairman of Jamaica’s Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) which is charged with oversight of the implementation of the IMF Agreement with the Government of Jamaica since 2013, a role in which he is noted to have provided exceptional leadership.
Mr Byles was honoured during NCU’s Graduation which was held on the main campus in Mandeville.
Emeritus Professor of International Business at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Alvin Wint and Vice President for the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Leon Wellington were also honoured by NCU on Sunday with the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters and the honorary Doctor of Divinity, respectively.
In 1993, Professor Wint became the youngest West Indian ever appointed Professor at UWI and subsequently served the university in varying capacities. He currently serves numerous boards, national committees and sub-committees.
Professor Wint has been awarded the Jamaican Order of Distinction - Commander Class, along with numerous academic and professional awards.
Pastor Wellington who is the longest serving Vice President of the Inter-American Division, founded the Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Inc., operators of the Alta Vista Children’s Village in Clarendon that provides a home for abandoned, abused, neglected and homeless children in Jamaica. In recognition of his service to religion, Pastor Wellington received the national honour of Commander of the Order of Distinction, on October 21, 2002.
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