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Heroy Clarke returned as Cornwall College Old Boys' president

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, November 09, 2017

MONTEGO BAY, St James —  Heroy Clarke was returned as president of the Cornwall College Old Boys Association (CCOBA), beating challenger, businessman Dean Salmon, in a historic Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Cornwall College Chapel recently.

Clarke who is the Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament for St James Central where the 121-year-old school is located, and is also on the school's board of governors got 125 votes to Salmon's 53, in what is believed to be the first time a sitting president was ever challenged.

In his first speech after the results were announced, Clarke thanked those who voted for him; for the “resounding mandate” and pledged to “continue building brand CC.”

Garth Brown was returned unopposed as first vice-president, while new Second Vice-president Ivan Godfrey was also elected unopposed.

Floyd Hitchman was returned as general secretary, while Stephen Jennings is the new treasurer and Nicholas McIntyre, who graduated from Cornwall College in July, is the new assistant secretary.

In addition, a 13-member management team was selected and a number of committees and their chairmen were subsequently appointed.

The AGM attracted the most “old boys” in one place outside of a sporting event in Montego Bay in recent history, as over 300 turned out for the event that saw past students from over seven decades in attendance.

Montego Bay businessman Carlton Chin, who attended Cornwall College in the late 1940s and is a former president, was in attendance, as well as younger past students, some of whom graduated from the school over the past two years.

The lead up to the election generated a lot of excitement and discussion among both local and overseas-based old boys, as the challenge to the president is being credited in some quarters for creating a renewed interest in the CCOBA.