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The Mico University College regrets to inform of the passing of its first President, Professor Claude Packer who served the institution for nineteen (19) years. He served as principal in 1995 and was appointed president in 2008 when the Teachers’ College transitioned to a University College.


As a graduate from the Mico Teachers’ College he continued his educational pursuits graduating from the University of the West Indies, Central Connecticut State, Cornell and Harvard Universities. He holds the distinction of being the only graduate of The Mico to have returned to the college as lecturer before going to any other institution after receiving his doctoral degree. He served in education, particularly in Mathematics, for over 40 years.


Prof. Packer was a visionary leader and has set a solid foundation on which to build the future of The Mico. The following are some of his accomplishments that will stand as legacy of his contribution to his alma mater:

Its transition from a Teachers’ College to a University College

Establishment of the Caribbean Centre of Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (CCEMAT)

Implementation of the Pre-University Men’s Programme (PUMP)

Establishment of the Institute of Technological Educational Research (ITER) and the E-Learning Program.  


Professor Packer has received numerous awards and honours for teaching, service to education and scholarships. Among these are: the Silver Musgrave Medal; the Ministry of Education Top Award – EduVision; the Governor General Achievement Award; the Prime Minister’s Medal for service to humanity and Nation Honour—Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) for dedicated service to education.  In 2000, he received The Mico’s Millennium Award for being one of its outstanding graduates of the 20th Century and in 2007 he received the Mico Old Students’ Award (MOSA) Gold Medal Award.  He is credited with playing a significant role in introducing distance education to Jamaica as a viable option for lifelong learning.