Rodgers, Holowesko named to UB Board of Trustees

Members of the UB Board of Trustees. From left (standing) are: Dr. K. Jonathan Rodgers, MBE, Chair; Adrianna Knowles; Dr. Rodney D. Smith; Raymond Rolle and Stuart Hanna. From left (sitting) are: Margo Blackwell; Jeannie Gibson; Alessandra Holowesko, Vice-Chair, and Alexandra Hall.

Ophthalmologist Dr. K. Jonathan Rodgers, MBE, and Director of the Lyford Cay Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Alessandra Holowesko, have been elected Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the University of The Bahamas (UB) Board of Trustees.

Legislated under the University of The Bahamas Act 2016, the Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of UB and is responsible for the general direction and control over the conduct of the affairs of the University.

The Board currently consists of nine trustees, according to a statement from the university

“Considered a luminary in his field, Dr. Jonathan Rodgers has a distinguished career in ophthalmology and is a longstanding sponsor of the Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture series at UB, now in its 13 year. His professional experience spans more than 30 years, having served as consultant ophthalmologist at Memorial University in St. John’s Newfoundland and the Princess Margaret Hospital, The Bahamas; Assistant Clinical Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology at Yale University and Clinical Associate at Mount Sinai Hospital in Ontario, Canada. He also founded Centreville Optical (Bahamas Vision Centre) as his private practice,” the statement said.

“His research papers have been widely published in a number of international research journals and his books “Is it Really Better in The Bahamas… For Bahamians” and “The Bahamian Dream” were published in 2010 and 2013 respectively.  A multi-lingual, Dr. Rodgers has also served as Honorary Consul to Nicaragua.”

Holowesko has served as an Education Committee member (2010-2013) and Gifts and Grants Committee chair (2002-2007) of the foundation. She was also director of the Lyford Cay International School (2002-2005), governor (2005-2014) and chair of the LCIS Board of Directors (2006-2009). Until recently, she served as director at the Believe Foundation, Baha Mar’s philanthropic endeavor, the statement continued.

UB’s Board of Trustees will approve the strategic direction of UB, strategic policy matters, annual business plans, budgets and annual audited accounts; and review and monitor the management of the University and its performance.

According to the statement, trustees play an integral role by providing oversight and input regarding the University’s large scale programmatic goals and its financial and physical resources.  They provide leadership in fundraising to sustain the University’s progress and serve as advocates for the University locally, nationally and internationally.