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Faculty of Social Sciences' First Dean Honoured

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, November 29, 2018

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The Faculty of Social Sciences’ building has been renamed in honour of the late Alfred Wendell McClean, its first Dean.

The renaming ceremony was held on Tuesday, October 27, 2018 near the Free Hill, St Michael entrance to the Campus. It was attended by McClean’s widow, Clotilda McClean, as well as siblings, relatives, friends and former coworkers.

The move was hailed as one which was a “long time coming” by former colleagues Professor Emeritus Sir Frank Alleyne and Professor Emeritus Andrew Downes, who recalled their personal and professional experiences with McClean.

Principal of The UWI Cave Hill, Professor Eudine Barriteau, noted that the Faculty of Social Sciences has had a “transformative impact” on Barbadian and Eastern Caribbean society.

“Since the mid-1970s, thousands of Barbadians and Caribbean citizens, the majority of them from working class backgrounds, have transcended . . . socio-economic division[s] to help create a high achieving, professional and managerial class that can be found throughout Barbados and the OECS,” she said.

“And so, if the Faculty of Social Sciences may be perceived as the birthplace of the managerial, professional workforce, then it is entirely appropriate that not only do we designate to Wendell McClean the title of godfather of that development but that, accordingly, we do the right thing as we are here doing today by placing his name in the heartland of the faculty so that his legacy will be perpetuated and known for generations to come.”

Barriteau noted that the Faculty of Social Sciences is the largest at Cave Hill, accounting for more than half of the entire student cohort.


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