At a press conference held on Wednesday, May 9th, President of the Board of the University of St. Martin (USM), Mrs. Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet, in the presence of Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Jorien Wuite introduced the new Dean of Academics and President of the University. In her introductory remarks Mrs. Giterson-Pantophlet highlighted that both new staff members are fully committed to making serious contributions to further build the institution and that their presence fills the void left by the departure of key staff members in 2017.
New Dean of Academics, Dr. Rolinda Carter, a local St. Maartener and alumna of the University, has a doctorate in pathology and laboratory medicine and has a love for science and research which she brings with her to her new position. President, Dr. G. Antonio Carmona-Baez, has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Amsterdam in International Relations. Dr. Baez, who originates from Puerto Rico, also studied political science and engages in research in public policy with a focus on sustainable development.
Minister Wuite expressed her delight in the appointment of the new staff members and re-affirmed the intention of the Ministry to continue to partner with USM to engage in critical conversations regarding the funding, subsidy, multi-annual strategic planning and legislation of higher education. She recognizes the importance of both functions as they are critical and important to acknowledge, position and develop the institute as an institution for higher education and science. Minister Wuite ended the press conference by wishing the USM team and board much success.