NEW interim president of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) Dr Mary Nichols officially assumed her role yesterday as the institution prepares to start its new school year.
The college, in a statement in which it described Dr Nichols as "the consummate educator and civil servant", said that the new head of the college brings to the position a wealth of knowledge and experience.
She was warmly greeted by senior officials, staff members and students when she attended school, having replaced Dr Victor Watt, who also acted as interim president. Dr Watt, an engineer, has since returned to the University of Technology, from which he was seconded.
The college statement said that Dr Nichols had already visited dormitories and held talks with the vice-president of human resource management and administration, and the property director about ways of improving the infrastructure of the institution.
"Already, the blueprint for an improved main gate was perused. Other key interests of this 'firm, fair and friendly' interim president are sustainability, the decorum of her students and improved communication. She emphasised the fact that "as the premier agricultural institution in Jamaica, we must be producing majority of the food we eat and seeking ways to market the rest'," the CASE statement said.
Dr Nichols has been seconded to CASE from the Ministry of Education Region Six where she was the regional director. She has also served a previous board of CASE.