His Excellency, the Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth O. Hall, ON, GCMG, OJ, and Knight of the Collar of the Order of Civil Merit (Spain), was Jamaica’s fifth Governor-General from February 16, 2006 to February 26, 2009. Prior to serving as Governor General, he was Pro-Vice–Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus. His Excellency holds PhD and MA degrees in History from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada; and PG Diploma in International Relations and BA (Hons) in History from the UWI. Sir Kenneth still holds appointments as Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Fellow at the UWI.
His Excellency has had a distinguished career in education, international relations and public service that spans more than five decades. His tenure at CARICOM from 1975 to 1977, and from 1994 and 1996 buttressed his insight into the challenges and opportunities for regional integration and international relations of the Commonwealth Caribbean. These experiences and his unique historical acuity formed the genesis for more than 50 published books and monographs on CARICOM and Caribbean Integration since 2001, including:
- Contending with Destiny: The Caribbean in the 21stCentury
- Governance in the Age of Globalisation
- Tourism: The Driver of Change in the Jamaican Economy
- Economic Transformation and Job Creation: The Caribbean Experience
- Regional Integration: The Key to Caribbean Survival and Prosperity
- CARICOM Single Market and Economy: Genesis and Prognosis
His Excellency was conferred with the Order of Jamaica in recognition of his stellar contribution to education and regional development in 2004, and the Order of the Nation in 2006 on his appointment of Governor General.
Today, Sir Kenneth continues to lend his extensive leadership, corporate governance, philanthropy, and business development acumen to provide expert advice and advance transformative change within and without organisations. He has served as Chairman and in other Board appointments at numerous organisations including the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ); Bank of Nova Scotia, Jamaica (BNS); Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP); Caribbean Examination Council (CXC); Greater August Town Film Festival (GATFFEST); and University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC).
- Chancellor at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean July 2020. The university is fully registered and recognized by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the official accreditation body for tertiary education in Jamaica. Additionally, it was awarded international & local institutional accreditation in 2017 as a premier institution by the reputable UK-based Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities (ASIC) and in 2020 by the UCJ, respectively. The UCC is also the only local university to be officially recognized as an affiliate institution of the prestigious University of London (UOL) to offer both the Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law & the Bachelors in Laws degree programs.
- Chairman of the Board for Caribbean Centre for Education Planning CCEP at the UWI research centre April 2021.
- Appointment Committee of the Caribbean Examination Council January 2021.
- Administrative & Financial Committee of the Caribbean Examination Council January 2021.