Academic mission

FORMER Deputy CEO of NCB Financial Group Dennis Cohen has been appointed to head the Operation Restructuring Transformation and Growth (RTG) project at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus.

The Operation RTG project is an initiative geared towards reforming the administrative processes on the campus.

Designed to restructure, transform, and drive new areas of growth within the Mona campus the project will involve a comprehensive review of critical portfolios within the Office of the Campus Principal, the Registry, the Bursary, and the Office of the Deputy Campus Principal to enhance efficiency and alignment with the campus’s vision and mission.

Operation RTG will be facilitated by a broad-based committee consisting of an executive steering committee chaired by Cohen and also a larger working steering committee reporting to the Executive Steering Committee, of which Cohen is also the chair. The committees, supported by a consultant, will work to achieve the project’s aims and objectives.

It is anticipated the results from the work of the committee will be presented by the second quarter of 2024 for implementation during the 2024/2025 academic year.

Cohen, a chartered accountant and business executive with more than two decades of experience in the financial sector, is expected to carry a wealth of financial acumen and leadership to The UWI, Mona campus.

“I’m eager to contribute to the transformation at my alma mater, paving the way for sustainable growth and innovation in the higher education market,” Cohen said as he expressed enthusiasm about giving back to The UWI.

“This opportunity aligns perfectly with my commitment to fostering positive change and innovation,” added Cohen, who, along with his boss Patrick Hylton, was cut from NCBFG in July.

The two are now in extensive negotiations with the group over the settlement in relation to their separation.

At the centre of the negotiations is the size of the separation package for the two men who served the financial conglomerate for the last two decades, including the value of the compensation the men should receive for shares they were asked to surrender in July 2021.

In the meantime, principal of The UWI, Mona campus, Professor Densil Williams, said the university is delighted to have Cohen on board.

“His wealth of executive experience at the senior level and his innovative thinking are assets that will enable him to deliver tremendous value to our UWI, Mona campus in his new role as we aim to transform our administrative processes,” added Williams.