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Professor Sir Kenneth Hall

The Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, ON GCMG OJ – Honorary Director
Professor Sir Kenneth Hall

The Most Hon. Professor Sir Kenneth Hall, ON GCMG OJ

Professor Sir Kenneth Hall was Governor-General of Jamaica from February 16, 2006 to February 26, 2009. He was Jamaica's fifth Governor-General since independence in 1962.

Prior to becoming Governor-General, he was a Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Sir Kenneth has served in several other positions including:

Sir Kenneth holds a Bachelor's Degree in History, a post-graduate diploma in International Relations, and a PhD in History from Queen's University in Ontario, Canada.

He lectured in History at UWI and was Professor of History at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. He was also Adjunct Professor of Caribbean Studies at SUNY at Albany, and Professor of American Studies at SUNY, Old Westbury.

In 1994, Profesor Sir Kenneth Hall entered the service of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as Deputy Secretary General. In 1996, he assumed the positions of Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Mona Campus, UWI.

He received the Order of Jamaica, a National Honour, in 2004. He was conferred with Jamaica's second highest National Honour, the Order of the Nation, on the occasion of his swearing in as Governor General. A year and eight months after being appointed Jamaica's fifth governor-general, Sir Kenneth was appointed GCMG on 6 November 2007, and received the insignia from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 30 May 2008. On 13 January 2009, it was announced by the Jamaica Information Service that Sir Kenneth had retired as Governor General of Jamaica, citing health reasons. He was succeeded by Patrick Allen, President of the West Indies Union of Seventh-Day Adventists and Chairman of Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica.

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