Press Release – Government Press Office, Belmopan – August 1, 2011 - The Board of Trustees of the University of Belize announces the appointment of Dr. Cary F. Fraser as President of the University of Belize. Dr. Fraser’s appointment follows the recommendation of a search committee, and is effective today, Monday, 1st August. He is the first UB president to be appointed after such a process.
Dr. Cary Fraser is a historian of International Relations who has written extensively on American foreign policy in the Caribbean and the wider world, the history and politics of race in the United States, the Caribbean, and the broader Atlantic World, and the contemporary international relations of the Middle East and the politics of Islam. His work has been published in Canada, the Caribbean, the UK and the United States.
He obtained his B.A. in History from the University of Guyana, the Diploma and M.Sc. in International Relations at the Institute of International Relations at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, and his Ph.D. at the Graduate Institute of International Studies of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has held fellowships from the Swiss Federal Government, Cornell University, the Social Science Research Council in New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation of Chicago, the University of Rochester, and has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Maryland and Princeton University.
Dr. Fraser has pursued a multi-faceted career as a high school teacher, a researcher on indigenous and other populations in the Mazaruni area of Guyana, and a project officer for the Caribbean Conference of Churches working in both Guyana and Suriname. He has also served as a Human Rights Observer for the O.A.S. in Haiti.
Dr. Fraser comes to the University of Belize from the Pennsylvania State University where he taught in the Departments of African and African American Studies and History. He had also served as the Director of the Africana Research Center.
He is the author of Ambivalent Anti-Colonialism: the United States and the Genesis of West Indian Independence, 1940-64 (Greenwood, 1994).
Dr. Fraser was born in Guyana in 1955. He is married to Pearl Fraser, and they have a daughter, Ayesha.
An official installation ceremony is scheduled for 24th August, 2011, at the University of Belize’s main campus in Belmopan.
The Board of Trustees also, on this First Day of August, joins with members of Administration, Faculty, Staff and Students, in acknowledging the 11th Anniversary of our National University which was established on the 1st Day of August 2000. Happy Anniversary UB!
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