Accepts Offer from Caribbean Maritime University

Roosevelt Island's Jim Luce expands philanthropic leadership to Jamaica

Roosevelt Island's Jim Luce expands philanthropic leadership to Jamaica
Photo: Duane Lyken of D Anthony Photography.

"It is with extreme pride and excitement," said Roosevelt Island's groundbreaking philanthropist and educator Jim Luce, "I announce the Jamaican Minister of Education Hon. Ruel Reid has asked me to join the faculty of the Caribbean Maritime University in Kingston as Adjunct Professor." But that's only part of the story.

Over the weekend, Luce alerted his friends on Facebook that he'd be making a life-changing announcement. Once I'd let the news sink in, an immediate concern came to mind.

Would he be leaving Roosevelt Island, friends and supporters who've known and come to admire him and his work, or relocating to Jamaica?

"Both," he said.

Impossible? Not really, if you know Jim.

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"In addition, C.M.U.’s president Dr. Fritz Pinnock has requested we create the James Jay Dudley Luce Leadership Centre of the Caribbean Maritime University, physically - and online," Luce said.

"This would be for academic degrees from Associate through Doctorate (ASC, BSc, MA, PhD), and would include an English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) component for non-native speakers."

C.M.U. is recognized by all governments in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and European Union, as well as the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

The Luce Leadership Centre will support United Nations Academic Impact. Online programming will be available as of January 1 www.lucefoundation.org/cmu and the center campus in Kingston will open June 15. A delegation from the U.S. and around the world will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"This appointment is particularly poignant for me as I am a direct descendent of Rear Admiral Stephen Bleecker Luce, the founder and first president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island," Luce continued, reminding us of the legacy he'd brought to Roosevelt Island as foundation for his work in international philanthropy.

Jim Luce shakes hands on the deal with Jamaica's Education Minister
Jim Luce shakes hands on the deal with Jamaica's Education Minister
Photo: Duane Lyken of D Anthony Photography.

"One century before that, my forebear Sir Thomas Dudley, third governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, signed the Harvard Charter establishing that institution."

The J. Luce Foundation has established a scholarship fund for C.M.U. cadets and partnered with Marietta College in Ohio. A $1.5 million endowment fund is being established as the Marietta College Luce Leadership Scholarship.

 

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