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UVI Board of Trustees Elects Officers; Grants Emeritus Status to Alexander A. Moorhead, Approves New School of Agriculture, Graduate Studies & Approves Revised FY 2019-2020 Operating Budget

In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on June 20, via teleconference, the  University of the Virgin Islands  Board of Trustees  re-elected Henry Smock to serve as chairman and Oran Roebuck as vice-chairman.  

“Congratulations to Chairman Smock and Vice Chairwoman Roebuck,” said Trustee Yvonne Thraen. “You have a very big agenda for the next academic year. Congratulations and the best of luck to you.” 

At Saturday’s meeting, the Board unanimously approved the creation of a School of Agriculture. This new school will combine UVI’s Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service with a new academic teaching unit that is expected to further expand and strengthen the University’s Land-Grant mission locally, regionally and globally. The new academic teaching unit will offer a variety of innovative programs that prepare students for jobs, professional employment, and leadership roles in the agriculture industry. To increase accessibility and maximize enrollment of both traditional and non-traditional students, the programs and courses of agriculture will be delivered utilizing a variety of modes, including face-to-face, online, and blended formats. The academic unit will be charged with the responsibilities of developing and maintaining approved and accredited certificate, associate, bachelor, and graduate programs in agriculture and agriculture-related disciplines. 

Careers are available for the graduates in such fields as Financial and Policy Analyst, Loan/Credit Office, Extension Agent and Specialist, Teacher Educator, Environmental Health Inspector, Industrial Safety Inspector, Farmer/Grower, Commodities Inspector and Merchandiser, among others. 

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – - and from this  direct link.