David Hall's Tenure as UVI President to End Next Year; University Embarks on Search for New Leader

  • Ernice Gilbert
  • February 09, 2023

UVI President David Hall, whose tenure at the university started on Aug. 1, 2009 and ends on July 31, 2024, won't seek a new contract with the institution. By. UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands announced Thursday that its Board of Trustees has retained the services of Isaacson Miller — described as a leading higher education search firm — to assist with the recruitment of the best possible candidate to succeed current UVI President Dr. David Hall, whose contract ends on July 31, 2024.

Mr. Hall, who started his tenure at UVI as the institution's president on Aug. 1, 2009, won't seek the position again, the university has confirmed to the Consortium. At the end of his tenure, Mr. Hall will have served 15 years as the institution's leader.

According to details of his 2019 contract, Mr. Hall received an annual salary of $350,000 with the potential for bonuses based on his performance.

The board said that as it begins the search, it will be seeking feedback, suggestions, and fielding questions to develop the position profile which will guide the presidential search. The board further stated that it wants to gain insight from all UVI community stakeholders "to leverage the most diverse perspectives to identify candidates best suited to UVI and our community needs."

According to the release, information on the presidential search will appear shortly on the UVI website. Announcements will be shared with updates on the process and general information. Also included will be advice on how to nominate a candidate or provide other suggestions to the search committee.   

"The Board of Trustees remains committed to finding a leader who will continue UVI’s tradition of excellence and ensure that our students receive the highest quality education possible," stated the release. "More information on these important initiatives will be available in the weeks to come. We thank you for your support during this important time in the life of the University."

UVI said the committee, comprised of individuals who bring a broad, diverse set of experiences and perspectives to the process, is charged with the following: 

  • Developing a formal criterion to guide the search process; 
  • Engaging the University community and stakeholders to gain insights and considerations of the next president;
  • Conducting a focused and comprehensive search with the support and guidance of our external search firm. 
  • Identifying, interviewing, and vetting potential candidates; and  
  • Putting forth a formal recommendation to the Board of Trustees for consideration. 


Members of the UVI Presidential Search Committee: 

  • Oran C. Roebuck: Trustee and St. Croix Businesswoman  
  • Dr. John A. Quelch: Trustee and Dean of School of Business Univ. of Miami 
  • John P. De Jongh: Trustee, Former Governor, and St. Thomas Businessman 
  • Erica Johnson Creamer: Trustee and Businesswoman 
  • Dr. Kyza A. Callwood: Trustee and St. Thomas Administrator 
  • Edward E. Thomas: Trustee Emeritus and Retired St. Thomas Businessman 
  • Jennifer Nugent-Hill: Trustee Emeritus and Businesswoman 
  • Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen: Trustee Emeritus and Retired Administrator 
  • Jose A. Penn: St. John Businessman 
  • Honorable Emile Henderson: Magistrate Judge 
  • Sharmane A. Brookes: St. Thomas Businesswoman 
  • Ariel Joseph: St. Croix UVI Student 
  • Osbert Potter: Former Lt. Governor and St. Thomas Businessman



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