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Tuesday, July 11, 2006 

COB’s Hodder: tough on issues, gentle on people

Bahamas Information Services

NASSAU, The Bahamas---Newly-appointed President of The College of The Bahamas Mrs. Janyne Hodder has pledged to be “tough” on issues and “gentle” on people as she leads the charge to university status.
Mrs. Hodder addressed the media at a press conference on Wednesday, July 5, for the first time since assuming office three days ago.
She was accompanied by Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, who acted as President following the resignation of Dr. Rodney Smith one year ago.
Mrs. Hodder said the move to university status, should be built upon the support of the faculty, staff, and students.
Mrs. Hodder appealed for “great” students, faculty, and facilities; and stressed the need for financial support from public, private and individual donors.Mrs. Hodder said she has not yet discussed with her colleagues how to move toward the proposed 2007 deadline. According to Dr. Chipman-Johnson, plans for the university are still in its draft stage. The draft plan will be reviewed by the external and internal shareholders to see if the requirements are really needed by COB and The Bahamas to “build a strong, comprehensive institution.”
Mrs. Hodder said the push for university status in The Bahamas, despite the deadline, is based solely on the desire by the Bahamian people and that the college is trying to respond to this desire.
One of the main items, she noted, is for every person and family in The Bahamas to feel the impact of all of the programmes that COB offers. One of the ways to achieve this is by COB using their research and accomplishments to benefit The Bahamas.
She also noted that one of their top priorities is to build infrastructures such as a library, needed not only at COB’s Oakes Field campus, but other campuses throughout The Bahamas as well.
The building of a scholarship programme for the students, in addition to outreach programmes and seminars by COB professors for interested individuals, are also on Mrs. Hodder’s agenda. She expects to attract international students and have exchange programmes for the new university.

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