Speaker Wade Mark gets UWI degree
Friday, October 18 2013
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HOUSE Speaker Wade Mark, 60, will be among graduates of the University of the West Indies (UWI) on October 25 when he will receive the degree of Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA).
Mark who sat the final examination at UWI in August, placed first in a class of 75 excelling in the 14 courses with nine As and 5 B+. Mark, who has had a long career both in the Parliament and trade union movement, was asked why he chose this particular course of study.
“As Speaker, I am responsible for management and administration of the legislative arm of the State and I consider formal training in this discipline essential to assist me in carrying out my duties,” he said.
Asked if any of the courses were difficult, Mark said he had a few problems with management accounting but worked hard at it, ending up earning an A grade. Mark said he loves his job and wants to learn everything about it. “I love what I do,” he said.
In a letter to Mark, UWI acting Senior Assistant Registrar Dr Linda Steele congratulated the Speaker on his successful completion of the programme. The graduation ceremony will be held on Friday October 25 at 10 am at UWI’s Sport and Physical Education Centre in St Augustine.
Mark has been the longest serving Senator in the Republic — 23 years — and is credited with making the greatest number of contributions in the Senate — over 355. His closest rival is former Prime Minister and now MP for San Fernando East Patrick Manning whose record is 353 contributions in the House of Representatives, but over a 40 year span.
Mark left early this morning for Dallas, Texas to accompany wife Sushilla, who is attending a conference. Travelling with them is their ten-month-old baby son Vladimir Rajiv Wade. They are due to return on October 24.