UCC to confer Honorary Doctorate Degree on Dorothy Pine-McLarty

Dorothy Pine-McLarty

Kingston, June 20, 2019 – The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) will confer an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration on the Honourable Mrs Dorothy Pine-McLarty, Attorney at Law and Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica at its Commencement Ceremony next month at the National Arena in Kingston.

Dorothy Pine-McLarty has been practising law for some 50 years and is today a consultant at Myers, Fletcher & Gordon, where she previously retired from partnership. She served as head of the firm’s Property Department from 1992 to 1995, Managing Partner of the London offices from 1995 to 1998 and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in 1995.

The Honourable Mrs. Pine-McLarty currently serves on the Boards of the Electoral Office of Jamaica, Access to the Information Appeal Tribunal and the Jamaica National Group, She has also served on Boards of the Charities Evaluation Services Board of England and Wales, the Jamaica Basic Schools’ Foundation (United Kingdom) Limited, Ferncourt High School, St Andrew High School for Girls and was the Chancellor’s nominee to the Council of the University of Technology, Jamaica for 8 years.

Mrs. Pine-McLarty was awarded the Order of Jamaica in October 2007 for outstanding public service and received the Gleaner Company Honour Award for Public Service in 2016.

Commenting on the reason for conferring this Honorary Doctorate Degree on the Honourable Mrs. Dorothy Pine-McLarty, President and Executive Chancellor of the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Professor Dennis J. Gayle, said, “The UCC Executive Council selected the Honourable Mrs. Pine-McLarty for this signal honour because she represents the core values of the institution, and has contributed significantly to nation building within Jamaica. She also exemplifies the business and community leader that we seek to produce in our students.”

Previous honourees include: US Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke; Professor Errol Morrison, former President of the University of Technology, Jamaica; Mr. Bruce Bowen, former President and CEO of Scotiabank Jamaica; Mr. Richard Byles, former President and CEO of Sagicor Group; Professor the Honourable Henry Lowe, Executive Chairman of the Environmental Health Foundation of Jamaica and Mr. Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, Chairman and CEO of Continental Baking Company Limited.

The Honourable Mrs Pine McLarty will also deliver the keynote address at the Commencement Ceremony where approximately 500 students who have either already successfully completed or will shortly complete their bachelor’s or master’s degree programmes will be in attendance.

The Ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019 under the theme: Moving Forward: Seize Every Opportunity – ‘Every step towards purpose creates opportunities for achievement’.

UCC is the largest non-affiliated privately owned university in Jamaica. The institution is internationally accredited by the UK based Accreditation Services of Independent Colleges & Universities (ASIC) and is currently engaged with the University Council of Jamaica, (UCJ), based on its recent designation & award of Candidacy Status for Institutional Accreditation.