Dr McGowan Appointed Ombudsman

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Guyana Times
Guyana Times Staff

Historian Dr Winston McGowan has been appointed Guyana’s first-ever Cricket Ombudsman. The announcement was made by Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon, during his post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday at the Office of the President.

Dr Luncheon highlighted that subsequent to Cabinet’s approval, Dr McGowan, who has given distinguished service to the University of Guyana for close to four decades, was appointed by the Sport Minister, Dr Frank Anthony.

“The post of Cricket Ombudsman is new to Guyana and is a feature of the recently enacted Cricket Administration Law…June 20 it was enacted in Parliament and assented to by the President [Donald Ramotar] in August,” Dr Luncheon said.

The Head of the Presidential Secretariat also used the opportunity to highlight the primary roles and functions of the Cricket Ombudsman.

“Dr McGowan is responsible for those elections of the recognised cricketing organisations in Guyana, and their officials. Essentially, from henceforth, and in accordance with the provisions of the Cricket Administration Law, the elections of officers of these recognised cricketing organisations would be conducted a la Cricket Ombudsman,” Dr Luncheon explained.

Dr McGowan’s appointment comes at a most opportune time in Guyana’s cricket history, a period which has been plagued with headlines of internal power struggles, fraudulent elections and numerous court battles among administrators of the game.

Distinguished gentleman

His appointment follows closely on the heels of Retired Justice Winston Moore being appointed as the Ombudsman for Guyana.

During his time at the University of Guyana, Dr McGowan served as Head of the Department of History from 1985 to 1996; Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 1975 to 1976, Coordinator of the MA Programme in Guyanese and West Indian History from 1990 to 2008; and Chairman of the Board for Graduate Studies from 1992 to 1996.

Dr McGowan concluded his service to the University as the second and most recent occupant of the Walter Rodney Chair in History in the School of Education and Humanities. He is also credited with outstanding research and publications, as well as sound administrative skills.

Dr McGowan earned his BA Hons from the University of the West Indies in 1965 and PhD in London in 1979.