The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration & Regional Campuses), Dr Esther Williams, Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra and Chair of the Finance and Investments Committee, Ms Fay Yee with the new Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council, Mr. Ikbal Jannif (2nd from right).
The University of the South Pacific accorded a formal welcome to the new Pro-Chancellor of the University, Mr. Ikbal Jannif at its Laucala Campus in Suva on 13 July 2012.
Mr. Jannif’s appointment as the new Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the USP Council was made at the recent 74th USP Council Meeting which was held in Vanuatu on 16 - 17 May 2012.
Mr. Jannif, who has served as the Deputy Chair of Council since 2007 and Chair of the University’s Audit and Risk Committee, takes over from the former Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council, Honourable Fiame N. Mata’afa, Minister for Justice, Samoa.
In welcoming the new Pro-Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra, said that the University was delighted with Mr. Jannif’s appointment.
“Today’s occasion is to welcome Mr. Jannif formally and also for him to meet the members of the senior management team as well as a range of other senior staff members,” he added.
The Vice-Chancellor said that Mr Jannif brings considerable understanding of the University because he has been the longest-serving member of the USP Council.
“We are confident that under your stewardship of the Council, the University will go forward very much in transforming itself from a good to an excellent university,” Professor Chandra continued.
He assured the Pro-Chancellor that the management takes the role of governance seriously and will be fully supportive of the Council and its committees playing their role in directing the future of the University and monitoring the work that management does.
In thanking the Vice-Chancellor and his staff for the welcome, Mr. Jannif emphasized the importance of teamwork.
Addressing the members of the senior management team, Mr. Jannif said that sometimes there is so much emphasis on being “senior”, that people forget that they are also a “team”.
“If you cannot work as a team then you will not succeed. The challenge before us is how we operate as a team,” he said.
The new Pro-Chancellor reiterated the importance of USP and added that the University is here to serve the region.
“Council expects the University to work closely with national tertiary institutions in the region,” he said.
Mr. Jannif looks forward to working with the Vice-Chancellor and his staff in moving the University forward in better serving the region.