UG Council approves Al Creighton as Deputy Vice-Chancellor
November 27, 2003
The appointment of Al Creighton as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Guyana has been approved by the University Council, and will be for two years in the first instance in accordance with the university statutes.
He replaces Dr Marlene Cox whose term of office came to an end on August 31, a news release from the University of Guyana said. It noted too that she has been widely recognised for her outstanding contribution to the institution.
In order to take up the appointment, Creighton, a Jamaican national, returned to UG in the current academic year from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where he was lecturing in the Department of Language, Linguistics and Literature.
After graduating from UWI, Mona, he spent two years there as a tutor in Linguistics and Use of English. He then became a member of the Department of English at UG and was later promoted to Lecturer 11 and then Senior Lecturer.
He served as chairman of the UG Workers Union and was also Head of the Amerindian Research Unit, besides holding other administrative posts including Head of English, Coordinator of Caribbean and Tourism Studies and Assistant Dean. He was also Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1988-1992.
Creighton was appointed an Associate Fellow of the University of Warwick in 2001 and received other research fellowships. Among these he was awarded a post-graduate research fellowship by the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham in 1998, which he is now using to complete a doctoral thesis, the release stated.
He has done extensive research in English and West Indian Literature, drama and theatre, oral traditions, folklore, linguistics and West African oral literature. And there have been several publications coming out of this research, including papers in journals and chapters in books published across the Caribbean, USA, and Europe.
A playwright, director, poet, and critic, Creighton's plays have been performed and published in Jamaica and a collection of his poems was published in a recent volume by Longman in London. As a sportsman, he has played first division hockey and football and was a UWI captain and champion in track and field.