During the March 2013 University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees meeting, UVI President Dr. David Hall paused to recognize an individual whose dedication and leadership abilities positively reflected on the University.
Dr. Hall presented Nereida Washington, UVI director of campus operations on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and Emergency Management Committee chair with the UVI Presidential Appreciation Award. Dr. Hall said her efforts are “at the core of what UVI needs to make this institution better.”
Washington spearheaded the effort to develop UVI’s first comprehensive emergency response plan. “We now have in place a comprehensive emergency response plan that I think will ensure that this university is safer and better able to deal with the things that we hope will never happen,” said Dr. Hall.
Since arriving at the University in 2009, President Hall was aware that UVI had a hurricane preparedness plan, but knew a comprehensive emergency response plan needed to be developed. Work was being done on the plan, but Dr. Hall was not satisfied with the pace.
“In the last six to seven months, the plan was not only developed but training was done throughout the University on both campuses,” Dr. Hall said. “We all feel we have made a tremendous step forward.”