Dr. Ian Strachan has finally made it to a role in which he will have an opportunity to make a contribution to actually running something as opposed to being an eternal critics. It was announced last week on 11 August that the University of The Bahamas has appointed him to head the University’s campus in Freeport. Congratulations. He is a good FNM so he gets the job, even though there was this pretence of a pox on both their houses during the last general election campaign. He and fellow lecturer at the University Nicolette Bethel asked people to boycott the vote altogether. Very clever. It helped the FNM win. So all good FNMs get rewarded.
Below is the formal announcement of Dr. Strachan’s appointment:
University of The Bahamas (UB) announces the appointment of Dr. Ian Strachan as Vice President, UB-North, formerly Northern Bahamas Campus.
Dr. Strachan is a Professor of English at UB. He holds an Associate of Arts in English and Literature from The College of The Bahamas (1988); a Teacher’s Certificate from the University of the West Indies (1988); a Bachelor of Arts in English from Morehouse College (1990); and a Master of Arts (1993) and Doctor of Philosophy (1995) in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former Research Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute at the University of Virginia (1998-1999) and a former Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth (1999-2001). Dr. Strachan served as Chair of the School of English Studies at COB (2004-2007) and as the College’s Vice President of Advancement (2013-2015).
A poet, playwright, novelist and filmmaker, Dr. Strachan is an editor of Poitier Revisted with Mia Mask and Violence in The Bahamas with William Fielding and Virginia Ballance. He has written and directed a number of plays, including No Seeds in Babylon (1991) which appears in the anthology Contemporary Drama for the Caribbean (2001) and Diary of Souls (1999). In 1996 he founded the Track Road Theatre Foundation and served as its Director until 2006. In 2007, his poetry was included in the anthology New Caribbean Poetry (Carcanet 2007). He is the writer, producer and director of the television series, “Gippie’s Kingdom” and he wrote and directed his first film, Show Me Your Motion: The Ringplay Games of The Bahamas in 2006. In 2007, this documentary was featured in the UNESCO Caribbean Traveling Film Showcase. He is also the director/producer of the documentary I’s Man: Manhood in The Bahamas.
Dr. Strachan is author of the popular newspaper column “East Street Blues” which appeared weekly in The Nassau Guardian (2006-2011). In 2009 he hosted the daily public affairs talk show, “The Nation Today”, on GEMS 105.9FM in Nassau and, in 2012, the current affairs television programme, “The Exchange,” on ZNS TV13. He is a founder and member of the civil society advocacy group, the 1962 Foundation.