Kittitian Dr. Simon Jones Hendrickson has been is to receive an honorary doctorate from the St. Croix CAMPUS OF THE University of the Virgin Islands. The prolific writer- more than 100 articles- will be bestowed the honour during the university’s commencement exercises next month- May.
The announcement was posted to the UVI Facebook page yesterday, April 25. It was followed by a number of congratulatory messages, paying homage to a “brilliant mind” who is also a UVI alumnus.
Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson, a former dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He was born in Sandy Point, St. Kitts. He graduated with an Associates of Arts degree in Business Administration in 1967, when the institution was the College of the Virgin Islands. In 1969 and 1970, he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Illinois State University, and in 1976, he earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Exeter, Devon, England.
Dr. Jones-Hendrickson was also a lecturer in Economics at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica. He joined the faculty of UVI in 1976 as an Assistant Professor of Economics and, in 1990, he attained the rank of full Professor of Economics. He has held a number of administrative positions at UVI and has gained several honours. He was a two-term chairman of the Faculty of UVI, 1986-1988; Chairman of the Division of Social Sciences, 1993-1996, the first UVI graduate to be so honoured; a three-time student-awarded Faculty of the Year (once on St. Thomas campus and twice on St. Croix); and served on UVI’s Board of Trustees as a faculty representative from 1989 to 1990.
Professor Jones-Hendrickson has served as External Examiner for the University of the West Indies on the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. He has also served as External Examiner in Public Finance for the University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and Mona Campus in Jamaica. Since 1985 he has been involved with the Caribbean Examinations Council and served as a consultant to the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, to UNESCO, to the Office of Management and Budget Office of the USVI, to UN, to the Government of Montserrat. He served as Commissioner on the Task Force to resolve the economic and political issues between St. Kitts and Nevis.
He also served on the Board of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) of St. Kitts, the St. Croix Foundation Board. Jones-Hendrickson was Chairman of the Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Planning Development Unit (PPDU) of St. Kitts and Nevis and a member of the Competitiveness Council of St. Kitts.