Their Excellencies Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona ORTT, SC and Mrs. Reema Carmona hosted a Cocktail Reception in Honour of Dr Wayne A. I. Frederick, MBA the 17th President of Howard University on June 17, 2015.
President Carmon in his tribute to Dr Frederick whose appointment was by unanimous vote of the selection board, read from a letter of congratulation he had sent to him. The following is the contents of the letter:
“Heartfelt congratulations on your substantive appointment as President of Howard University, an achievement that has brought great pride to every citizen of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, as you are the first son of our soil to attain this prestigious honour and accolade. Regrettably, I am unable to attend your inauguration ceremony as the 17th President of Howard University on 6 March 2015.
“I am very much aware of your exemplary achievements as a scholar, surgeon, researcher and administrator, but most significantly, of your relentless commitment to the service of your fellow man, the under-represented, the voiceless and the underprivileged. The contributions you have made to your varying fields of endeavour have been exceptional and Howard University is indeed very privileged to be led by someone of your calibre, pedigree and dedication. That you were appointed President of Howard University by unanimous vote of the Presidential Search Committee, is testament to the high esteem with which you are regarded by your peers. As President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I can say without reservation that our indomitable sense of pride for you runs deep, as we join in celebrating this momentous occasion of your elevation and inauguration as Howard University’s 17th President.
It is admirable that though many of your achievements have been accomplished beyond our shores, you have never forgotten us and you continue to maintain strong bonds to your homeland. By your perseverance and consequent success, you have sent us an eternal message of the results of hard work, sacrifice and commitment. Everyone loves success but I wish to especially celebrate your road to success. You have refused to be defined by the size of your country but rather by the breath of your vision and the depth of your character. I do recall that when you visited the Office of the President in Trinidad and Tobago, yours was a character clothed with genuine humility. You have the absolute support of the Caribbean diaspora, for in the Caricom region, we are one. I am confident that the future of Howard University is assured under your charge and that you will, in the spirit of veritas et utilitas, keep Howard University focused on its visionary path to excellence.
On behalf of the people of Trinidad and Tobago, and on a personal note, my wife and I, kindly express once more our warmest congratulations on your inauguration as the 17th President of Howard University. We stand in support of this new chapter of your career as you continue to break barriers and remind us of who we are and what we can achieve. Your career is an inspiration to us all.
Dr Frederick in response began by paying tribute to the Trinidad and Tobago Public Health System that had both helped him to survive his illness of sickle cell anima and instilled in him a fascination with medicine.
Referring to Trinidad and Tobago he called it a beautiful and amazing country and vowed to do everything he can to pay back his debt to the country by the quality of his deeds. Everything he does will represent the best of what Trinidad and Tobago has to offer.
Dr Frederick also paid tribute to the members of his family who were in attendance, especially his grandmother who believed in him before he himself could speak and has never spoken a harsh word to him.
Also speaking at the event was former National Footballer, ESPN Sports Personality and boyhood friend of Dr Frederick, Shaka Hislop. Mr Hislop spoke of the times he shared with Dr Frederick during their days at St Mary’s College, each voicing their dream of becoming a footballer and a doctor.
Mr Hislop went on to say that in reflection he now sees parallels in each of their careers as he was able to use Dr Frederick’s success to spurn him on in his endeavours. He further stated that his friend’s greatest quality as an academic was to make a young footballer believe he could be so much more and that belief helped to make the man you see today.Share