Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

An Autobiography of a West Indies University Chancellor

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

An Autobiography of a West Indies University Chancellor

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An Autobiography of a West Indies University Chancellor George Alleyne. The Grooming of a Chancellor. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-976-640-651-6. 274pp.

This is a thorough autobiography of Sir George Alleyne, the emeritus Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He grew up in Barbados, and talks about facing racism there. Then, he won a scholarship to study medicine at the University College of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica (a new medical program at the time). He discusses his struggles as a postgraduate intern, a digression into clinical medicine and science. He focused on research and remained at the university as a professor. He later left Jamaica to enter international medical governance. He became the director of the Pan American Health Organization, and later became the Director General of the World Health Organization. He describes the details of this election, as it was far from certain that his candidacy would be forwarded given that he was from Jamaica and competition was fierce. He was running against candidates from Mexico and Colombia. Here is a curious description of this campaign: "The ministry had a dossier on every country, with the dates of change of government, diplomatic debt to the Caribbean, and probability of support. …

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