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After being ousted from HLSCC Dr Dawson now heads Anguilla Community College

Former President of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (left) has been selected to head the Anguilla Community College as President. Photo: Anguilla Community College
Dr. Karl Dawson will assume his position at Anguilla Community College from August 28, 2017. Photo: Anguilla Community College
Dr. Karl Dawson will assume his position at Anguilla Community College from August 28, 2017. Photo: Anguilla Community College
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – After being removed from his post as President of the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) just over a year ago, indigenous Virgin Islander Dr Karl Dawson has now been selected to the prestige position as President of the Anguilla Community College (ACC).

This is according to a press release issued by the Anguilla Community College today Wednesday August 9, 2017.

Dr Dawson was selected by the Board of Governors of the Anguilla Community College after a lengthy search process. As per the College Act, the Board’s recommendation has met the approval of the Anguilla Minister of Education, Hon Cora Richardson-Hodge.

In an exclusive interview with our newsroom, Dr Dawson said, "I count it as a tremendous privilege to be selected to serve as President of the Anguilla Community College and help to advance that community because I really believe that education is the key to the development of a society. 

Dr Dawson said the decision to take up the post was a tough one because of the strong ties he has with his homeland including his family, church and political service. However, he added that "at this stage I think I have something to contribute to education ... and I will pursue the opporutunity to help the Anguilla Community College move forward".

Dr Dawson was a casuality of political victimisation

Dr Dawson, who is expected to take up his new job on August 28, 2017, was replaced at HLSCC by Board Member and consultant Dr Janet B. Smith in August 2016.

Following Dr Dawson’s removal in 2016, sources close to the situation had told our newsroom that some in the political and academic class, including the controversial Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL) and some Board Members, allegedly wanted him gone as soon as possible.

Many have claimed that Dr Dawson was a casuality of political victimisation, having run for political office and opposed the current government.

Educational Achievements and Contributions

Dr Dawson’s tenure at the HLSCC was for seven years as president from 2009 to 2016. He earned degrees from the University of the West Indies in hotel management, Wright State University (USA) in education and doctoral degree from University of Florida in higher education administration. His doctoral dissertation was entitled Organizational Learning in a Community College.

Among Dr Dawson’s many post and accomplishments at HLSCC are, he served as vice president, dean, head of academic department and faculty member in addition to his final role. While serving as President, the College was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in the USA, a process he indicated that was challenging for the entire organization but also very rewarding. Dr Dawson is also active in the higher education sector in the region and beyond. He is the current president of the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), headquartered in Barbados. 

65 Responses to “After being ousted from HLSCC Dr Dawson now heads Anguilla Community College”

  • Proud of You (09/08/2017, 17:46) Like (87) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Dr. Dawson, sometimes it takes other to see the good in you when your own do not see. We have to stop being so political and let people do the job that they are there to do.
  • qc (09/08/2017, 17:48) Like (71) Dislike (6) Reply
    let funny man take that! our people once qualified can go anywhere
  • Coworker (09/08/2017, 17:57) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congrats Dr. Dawson. I am so happy for you. Blessing on your new journey.
  • yessssss (09/08/2017, 18:18) Like (47) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hats off to you sir. Keep you head high and the grin on your face. A man of class and integrity.
  • 911 (09/08/2017, 18:31) Like (8) Dislike (15) Reply
    now VIP got to go shop SMH
  • Windy (09/08/2017, 18:39) Like (49) Dislike (5) Reply
    congratulations mvw can never stop you
  • true development (09/08/2017, 18:45) Like (43) Dislike (1) Reply
    Proud of you Doc. Some suggestions...include online courses and programmes for the near future to capture those persons who may not want to travel...Do not rule out collaboration with other schools in the USA, Caribbean, UVI in St. Thomas, and with our own HLSCC...Even consider a one semester programme where the credits are transferrable between Anguilla and BVI or a student exchange within the region or internationally...that will build the already close ties between the territories...
  • Congrats (09/08/2017, 19:02) Like (25) Dislike (2) Reply
    Congrats Dr. Dawson when some mean it for bad, God mean it for good so baldhead cant close that door
  • Reply (09/08/2017, 19:21) Like (44) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congrats Dr. Dawson. It's a shame and sad when one has to leave their home country to pursue opportunities elsewhere, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do given the road ahead.

    This decision was probably not an easy one for Dr. Dawson, but he will be fine once he get settled in.

    This move should speak to all those who may find limited opportunities to advance their careers here in the BVI: The BVI is a small country with limited opportunities in many areas.

    Don't be afraid to think outside the box or your comfort zone. The world is filled with opportunities. You just have to be open them.

    Again, Congrats Dr. Dawson. God speed.

  • i from here (09/08/2017, 19:22) Like (40) Dislike (0) Reply
    its about time a BVIIslander get a job in Anguilla we have two working up here for years, one is a Minister the other was a Permanent Secretary and Head of BVI Fiance.

    Big Ups Karl you will do well
  • good (09/08/2017, 19:23) Like (13) Dislike (4) Reply
    All the best Mr Dawson.

    Now to the idiots that claim BVIslanders cant go in other countries and get jobs, especially top jobs, I hope you stop the ignorance!
    • @ good (09/08/2017, 19:43) Like (7) Dislike (4) Reply
      don't come with that He is on a contract and will return home after; look how long some of them still here until they get husband and thing
    • Nooooo (11/08/2017, 07:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      That was not the true comment made the BVI people can't go elsewhere and get jobs. The statement was "I born here" can't take u nowhere. U can only get so far with I born here
  • Happy (09/08/2017, 19:28) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Mr. Dawson, our lost,Anguilla's gain. I wish you the very best. You have always been a humble professional man. Good Luck to you and much blessings.
  • rock (09/08/2017, 19:31) Like (12) Dislike (5) Reply
    He will do well there as it's not as political as the BVI
    • MICKEY MOUSE (09/08/2017, 20:41) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
      One man lose is another man's gain. Congratulations Dr.Dawson. May God grant you wisdom In your new position.If God is for you who can be against you.
  • wet (09/08/2017, 19:41) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Now I am by no means an expert in regional relations, but by achieving this, it is good for Caribbean integration
  • Harold (09/08/2017, 19:49) Like (14) Dislike (8) Reply
    My take is somewhat different. He needed to say and run with teh VIP, the BVI needs him NDP MUST AND WILL GO
    • @harold (09/08/2017, 23:42) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Not if them keep going to them soul snatchers to carry sacrifice.
  • miller (09/08/2017, 20:31) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Rest assure he will be here to run on the VIP ticket. His contract does not prohibit him from contesting the next General Election.

    NDP will be finished with, trust me!
  • focus (09/08/2017, 20:41) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulation Dr. Dawson on your new achievement. What God has in store for you no man can stop it. He said that his thoughts towards you is not evil but good to give a beautiful end. God take down and he put up. Nobody could not touch you unless the good Lord allowed it for this move. He sees that your heart is like Paul the Apostle but you was among the vipers who only wants to secured a position for their own kind. May God go with you and whatever you set your hands to be prosperous. Blessing all the way.
  • bravo(09/08/2017 Like(0)Dislike(0) (09/08/2017, 20:49) Like (6) Dislike (45) Reply
    All that glitters is not gold. Dr.Dawson, you always had the interest of outsiders at heart.and never looked out for the native islanders except when you wanted a vote. He was not ousted, he ousted himself.
    Tell it like it is bro.
  • Close Box Mentality (09/08/2017, 20:55) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Carl, believe it our not. you are still actually at home in Anguilla. People tend to ignore or forget the strong ancestral ties we as Virgin Islanders have with other Caribbean countries, especially Anguilla, St. Kitts, Antigua, and the USVI. And these days, the ties have expanded even further to include many other Caribbean countries.
  • Yes (09/08/2017, 21:08) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    Anguila much smaller
  • Me (09/08/2017, 21:09) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congrats Dr. Dawson! This is a clear example of professional achievement across borders. Think big and the reward is life defining. God bless you sir!
  • wize up (09/08/2017, 21:28) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Who God Bless no man curse BUT the VIP have lost a good candidate because it will madness not to take up such a pleasent job offer......
  • Andrew Cox Sr (09/08/2017, 21:42) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
    Congratulations Dr Dawson from your fomer schoolmate Andrew Cox & Family don't mind the noise
  • Just Say (09/08/2017, 23:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good luck in your new .Journey when Jesus say yes no one can say no.NDP has to go may God continue to bless you mr Dawson.
  • Isaacs (10/08/2017, 01:12) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations Dr. Dawson. My best wishes are with you as you take up this appointment.
  • Just Woke (10/08/2017, 05:58) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    He is the real deal. This the Guy to lead VIP to lead this country into a prosperous future...We hardly see the Gift, the good, the God in our own....Can't keep a good man down...
    • Stay Woke (10/08/2017, 09:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      And on what do you base your certainty of his ability to deliver VIP?
  • ballhead (10/08/2017, 08:51) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look how a man from Antigua run a local out of his country now he has to work overseas.

    Not right!
  • Reese (10/08/2017, 09:05) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    I would think that Anguilla' s standards and BOB's are vastly different. Yale vs Schnook University for instance.Jordans vs Mike. Leather vs Pleather. Did Anguilla settle?. Dawson settle? Salary comparison
    A step or a step down for Mr Dawson? How does it look on his future resume?
    I say congratulations to Mr Dawson and give good wishes. He is a good guy. However, I hesitate to throw shade at the BVI choice of education leader at the college.
    • T (10/08/2017, 10:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      ....Anguilla's standards and BVI's.....
    • Hmm (10/08/2017, 15:54) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      Maybe you can check on what the choice of education is and where the college is presently. Time will tell.
  • Mark........... (10/08/2017, 09:45) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family."

    Not saying Dr is a Prophet now..........
  • enough (10/08/2017, 10:01) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Imagine because of an Antiguan Mr. Dawson a BVIslander have to see work he is qualified for outside of the BVI. When will we wake up as a country and say ENOUGH is ENOUGH. Today Mr. Dawson tomorrow me or you. They say we are a minority but we still are a majority voter.
  • Dr. Danny Kwabena (10/08/2017, 12:42) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Anguilla's gain is the BVI's loss! I an saddened by this outcome! I am am a BVI Belonger with intense ties to the BVI. Karl Dawson is an excellent man and an excellent administration, and simply a wonderful communicator! He created initiatives for Stoutt students, faculty and staff with Syracuse University, one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the USA for the benefit for BVI Landers, and if given the opportunity, he could have created the opportunity to created similar initiatives with other prestigious USA educational institutions. I know this for fact, in that I worked with Dr. Dawson, my cousin on these! Politics has again shown its ugly dysfunctional nature! I am one percent that Dr. Dawson will be a success in Anguilla and a loss for The BVI. I stand with other BVI Landers and Belongers to assist Dr. Dawson, in what every way possible!
  • Congratulations Doc! (10/08/2017, 13:47) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's a pity that you had to leave your homeland like this because of some small minded individuals but I am super happy for a past student, you were a great lecturer and these Virgin Islands are at a loss not to have you as an educator here.
  • Ms wize (10/08/2017, 15:14) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Take the name of Jesus with you sir. Congratulations. Just trust God's will. All the best to you sir
  • ccc (10/08/2017, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Up with the man dawson
  • weed (10/08/2017, 21:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    come home and run Dr. Karl the NDP desperately needs a win the next elections
  • Marva (10/08/2017, 23:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to you Dr. K. Dawson, God always work in mysterious ways. When one door closes another better one opens. God's blessings, his armour and shield will protect you.
  • Quiet Storm (11/08/2017, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    God's blessing upon you and your family Doc Dawson
    Look to Jesus now and live its recorded in his word hallelujah.
  • rain (11/08/2017, 21:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good pick
  • Wes (12/08/2017, 22:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tek dat! band minded ballhead!
  • true development (13/08/2017, 02:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let us stop the political bashing as it does not add to the conversation. I want to say again Doc, congratulations. I forgot to mention earlier that you need to encourage a conversation from an economic point of view through debates and presentations that in order for all Anguillians to continue developing and maintaining a high living of standard of living is to study the basics of economics - buying and selling in a country. The low population and the buying patterns of its residents and citizens will not be able to maintain or sustain the present economy, thus, there will be a high rate of brain drain people leaving for greener pastures). As I understand it, the present population is only 16K, 2 of 4 banks in receivership, and several hotels and villas closed down. Controlled immigration is the key and Anguillians cannot build it alone. If extreme and restricted immigration policies continue, with very little concessions, I foresee heavy reliance on HMG to direct and maintain the government and the economy. I am not saying to be lenient forever, but give concessions for brief periods to increase population numbers over the next 5 years, otherwise, Anugillians will definitely lose its control forever. Do not let Honourable Webster and others valiant contributions to development be lost forever.
  • Nurse Wheatley (14/08/2017, 13:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations Dr. Dawson. I am proud of you. Keep up the good work.
  • open door (15/08/2017, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    when God opens the door no one can't close it. Congrats

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