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Dr Cassander P. Titley-O’Neal Out! Abruptly resigns from HLSCC

- No plans to apply for post of college President according to sources close to application process; resignation notice is from December 6, 2016
Dean of Arts, Science and General Studies at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, professor Cassander P. Titley-O’Neal PhD, has tendered her resignation. Photo: VINO/File
Many of Education Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn's (right) critics have said the money spent on the Elmore Stoutt High School wall could have been better used to support the needs of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Photo: VINO/File
Many of Education Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn's (right) critics have said the money spent on the Elmore Stoutt High School wall could have been better used to support the needs of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Photo: VINO/File
PARAQUITA BAY, Tortola, VI- The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) continues to be in the news for not only the lack of government funding, late faculty and staff payments, and mold in its buildings, but also locals seem to want out while others can’t get in.

Current College Dean of Arts, Science and General Studies and professor, indigenous Virgin Islander Cassander P. Titley-O’Neal PhD, has tendered her resignation to take effect from December 6, 2016 according to several Board Members, speaking to our newsroom on condition of anonymity.

With her required three months’ notice, Dr Titley-O’Neal’s absolute last day and separation from HLSCC is expected to be on March 6, 2017 according to a senior college administrator.

Dr Titley-O’Neal, who has been at the college for some 15 years, could not be reached for comments up to publication time; however, the source claimed that her resignation was because of “breach of contract and pervasive mold.”

It is also reported that sometime in August of this year Dr Titley-O’Neal’s office ceiling collapsed over her desk. It is unclear what corrective measures were taken after this incident or if she was in the physical office at the time of the mishap.

When asked by the same College Board source, if Dr O’Neal is an applicant for the vacant post of President, the response was “No! She has no interest, she just wants out….”

Businesswoman & Environmental Expert

The senior college lecturer and Virgin Gordian Dr Titley-O’Neal is also the founder and owner of Environment Systems Ltd, a local environmental consulting agency that was started in 2004.

The firm specialises in environmental regulations and policy, including providing Environmental Impact Assessments. It also provides clients with information on reefs and oceanography, marine life, coastal engineering, environmental monitoring and hydrology.

Dr Titley-O’Neal herself is a specialist in the marine environment, pollution studies and some marine species unique to Canada and the Virgin Islands, according to information from her Company’s webpage.

In recent months, the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College has been rocked by financial hardship and have struggled to pay staff and faculty salaries on the payment due date.

Money wasted on wall; None for Higher Education  

The College is part of the portfolio of the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

Mr Walwyn has been under fire for spending over $1Million on a small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School in Road Town just before the 2015 snap election.

Many of Hon Walwyn's critics have said that money could have been better used to support the needs of the college.

42 Responses to “Dr Cassander P. Titley-O’Neal Out! Abruptly resigns from HLSCC”

  • wow (05/12/2016, 10:23) Like (64) Dislike (3) Reply
    Myron totally mash up the college. What a shame.
    • @ wow (05/12/2016, 12:05) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
      and I had to laugh reading a story on another site where he wants to now mash up the country fighting for power just come and wants to be Premier
  • Tings to talk (05/12/2016, 10:27) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stay on it vino. Where there is smoke- there got to be some spark of fire. Unraveling.
  • wize up (05/12/2016, 10:28) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aéroplane money would have fix that problem(remember fantasy island....boss!! the plane !!! the plane)
  • voter (05/12/2016, 10:30) Like (29) Dislike (4) Reply
    I still cry for my bvi under the NDP
    • wize up (05/12/2016, 11:19) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ voter: you in good shape because my eye water run out 5 years ago(you just start crying)...it's a sad state of affairs; our forefathers rolling over in their grave all now(dry your tears God is still on the throne and he won't let us suffer)
  • ... (05/12/2016, 10:42) Like (30) Dislike (8) Reply
    First funny man got rid of dawson now ms oneal 2 locals displaced by an antiguian...tola people soft and weak
    • SMOKY (05/12/2016, 19:01) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
      Who Myron get Miss O'Neal. When he is the one to put her there. Too much politics is what mashing up the college. It have people who sits on they fat behind doing nothing. And those who work hard are being push around. Just to frustrate then so they will resign. God don't sleep. This only the smoke, the fire behind.
  • Jacop (05/12/2016, 10:45) Like (26) Dislike (3) Reply
    We want the length of wall and the cost per foot of the wall.
    We want the type of aero plane and the detail cost for lease or purchase and the operating cost including food and airport fees.
    • wize up (05/12/2016, 15:23) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Jacop: wonderful questions(contact the new chairman of VIP and give him these questions to be asked in house of assembly)
  • VG Realist (05/12/2016, 10:46) Like (35) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mold will continue to be the silent killer in the BVI. Almost all of the commercial buildings on Tortola are infested with mold and not much is being done to ratify the problem. I love the BVI but as I watch what is taking place, I have come to the conclusion that this Territory has gone to the dogs!
    • Huh? (05/12/2016, 13:55) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
      @ VG Realist,
      "not much is being done to RATIFY the problem."

      Come again? How does one "ratify" mold? I do agree that the territory has gone to the dogs, and with it, our education system.

      Definition - Ratify: Sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid:
      ‘both countries were due to ratify the treaty by the end of the year’
      • VG Realist (05/12/2016, 14:05) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
        I meant to say rectify. Didn't spell check. Lol.
      • Lawd a merci (05/12/2016, 14:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Huh? You too funny. Lol!
        • VG Realist (05/12/2016, 14:53) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
          In addition, I don't need the definition of the word ratify. I know what it means you fool. I guess Smart Phones aren't so smart after all lol. Education doesn't make you smart, it's just a way to market yourself and in a lot of cases put you in debt. The most educated people are in our current Government and as you can see, they have screwed up the place. Peace.
  • Lilly (05/12/2016, 11:12) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    the war on locals goes on!
  • yes (05/12/2016, 11:37) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes Dr.Titley, if I was in your shoes, I would have done the same thing. You will be missed. With your background and Title, you will do great anywhere, Kudos to you.
  • Rookie (05/12/2016, 12:08) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    this will be a 48 hour talk and you people will go back to business as usual you all need to get some BALLS like other countries
  • watch those salaries.. (05/12/2016, 12:57) Like (15) Dislike (17) Reply
    These people were over paid in the first place.. These high and ridiculous over paid salary that have the BVI in bankruptcy, that include the Ministers of government..
  • Wendy (05/12/2016, 13:52) Like (7) Dislike (18) Reply
    The way I see it, when the huffin an puffin and the reshufflin is finished, the College could very well be where it should have been a long time ago. She has been comfortably there 15 years. This mold and such did not start last month.
    • Go sit down (05/12/2016, 14:50) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      She been sitting. Hope you ain't been sitting too. At least she not afraid to fend for herself
      • Wendy (05/12/2016, 17:06) Like (6) Dislike (11) Reply

        Sitting for too long and she looks it. Any written publications with all those degrees? Time for her to get up and walk out so her job can be activated for real.

        • @ To Wendy (from Go Sit Down) (05/12/2016, 18:50) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
          We know how she looks... You're hiding behind a name so we cant size you up. Sandy should walk all over your face if the real Wendy ever has the balls ... oh my bad... P........... to stand up. Sounds to me like you have a problem with her and the fact that she has some degrees. You got one? For your information she has publications to back those degrees and Wendy and all the haters can find them on her company's website (http://www.esbvi.com/documents/):

          1) Gene expression profiling in the ovary of queen conch (Strombus gigas) exposed to environments with high tributyltin in the British Virgin Islands.

          2) The effects of organotins on female gastropods.

          3) The relationship between imposex and tributyltin (TBT) concentration in Strombus gigas from the British Virgin Islands.

          4) Using Nucella lapillus (L.), as a Bioindicator of Tributyltin (TBT) Pollution in Eastern Canada: A Historical Perspective.

          What have you written? What have you done with your life other than run you blasted mouth on this blog about things you don't know.
          • Wendy (05/12/2016, 19:53) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
            Oh sandy! I am sooo impressed, I wont lie.

            Feel better and not bitter. I had nothing to do with it, I wont lie.
    • @wendy (05/12/2016, 19:18) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      Seriously? Do you even know the woman?
  • Hon. Stoutt turning in his grave (05/12/2016, 15:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He is going to do and do until there will be no more college. Where are these students going to end up. Hon. Stoutt was such a humble man. He was about people and not about himself. He listen to the people unlike the present minister now who do not listen. what are we coming too. Poor BVI.
    • Dulcina (05/12/2016, 19:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Well, it is,really, a High School.
      It appears to be that efforts are being made to make it what it was intended to be, that is,a College.
  • It must be hell (05/12/2016, 15:50) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    working at HLSCC- being underfunded for years and a built up of possibly stifling internal politics. The environment must have a cascading effect on our students.
  • Ayyyyyyeeee (05/12/2016, 15:57) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why you all blaming MVW?! He's the minister not the one running the college. Take sense put of nonsense. Ask the one who running the college to the ground and the board who is her boss what's going on. Sandy go and run your company. Proud that you had enough ballz to not take her crap and stand up for yourself. If you didn't I would say you're not your father's child.
  • Realist (05/12/2016, 17:07) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply

    Dr. O'Neal was supported and has supported the college for many years. It is a ashame and an abomination that they have  allowed to treat another professional with such disrespect!!! Dr. O'Neal will have the last laugh because as a black female who has doctorate in a science area, she can go anywhere in the world and find employment if she wanted to. President (and i use the term very loosely) is destroying the college, the old lady needs to go ASAP.

  • Hmm (05/12/2016, 19:32) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    Her resume for the past 15 years may be somewhat lacking, don't you think?
    And will the "old lady" be contacted as a reference?
  • Well (05/12/2016, 19:47) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    Future potential employers will find this article and the blogs very telling.
    Just might give her resume a boost to the can.
    Wishing her the best of luck!
  • east man (05/12/2016, 21:56) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    leave MW his time will come the obeah will not last
  • police (05/12/2016, 22:07) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    both the collge and Walwyn need to be investigated thoroughly..
  • 911 (05/12/2016, 22:21) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    many of her students are walking the campus, scratching their heads asking themselves ,'wa happen?'
    • ???? (12/12/2016, 22:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      It isn't her fault the students aren't studying or paying attention in class.
  • deep (06/12/2016, 08:53) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Money wasted on wall; None for Higher Education

    The College is part of the portfolio of the controversial Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL).

    Mr Walwyn has been under fire for spending over $1Million on a small wall around the Elmore Stoutt High School in Road Town just before the 2015 snap election.

    Many of Hon Walwyn's critics have said that money could have been better used to support the needs of the college.
  • LOL (06/12/2016, 09:27) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    All these so called educated ppl good fa is eating too much,dressing up and pounding melee.Them go away,get them degree and don't pick up anything from the world we live in.Come back and fall back into them small town ways...when them call town a city you know them dumpsie
  • heights (06/12/2016, 11:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Smart move.
  • Blue Velvet (06/12/2016, 11:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    he democratic parts of theehe College could and shuld support its needs just like other colleges in the deocratic parts of the free world.
    Fund raising, alumni support and student paid tuition is a start.
    • Correction/Blue Velvet (06/12/2016, 12:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The College could and should support its needs just like other Colleges in the democratic parts of the free world.
      Fund raising,alumni support and student paid tuition is a start.
  • Xxx (07/12/2016, 05:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems like a lawsuite coming


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