PJ Patterson is UWI’s first Statesman in Residence

University of the West Indies (UWI) has honoured former Prime Minister PJ Patterson by naming him Statesman in Residence. Patterson is the first to receive the title from the institution.

UWI’s Regional Finance and General Purposes Committee approved the newly instituted title last week.

The UWI said in a release that Patterson has become a prominent figure in UWI’s alumni matters and serves as patron for the Global Giving Programme, which was started four years ago to raise funds for financially distressed but deserving students.

“In addition, Mr Patterson’s donation of $100,000 established the PJ Patterson Endowment Fund, to provide scholarships for students to spend up to a year at another UWI campus, to re-create the spirit of regional integration,” said the university.

The Regional Finance and General Purpose Committee also unanimously approved two other items that will bear Patterson’s name. These are the Africa-Brazil-Caribbean Diaspora Commission and the PJ Patterson Centre for Africa-Caribbean Advocacy.