College boss donates cash to new campaign

| 05/08/2014

(CNS): Dr David Marshall, the president of the International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI), has donated CI$10,000 to kick off the college’s upcoming campaign to raise cash for more technology resources in the classroom. He is hoping that his contribution will encourage the alumni to dig deep and help him create work-ready students for Cayman's economy. Since taking up the college's top job in March, Marshall has been on a crusade to get the ICCI graduates from college into employment. He has raised admissions criteria, encouraged more rigorous academics, increased graduation requirements, and provided additional supports for academically struggling students.

Marshall says Cayman’s future economy will need more citizens with globally competitive portfolios.

“The new jobs coming to Cayman will require a workforce with outstanding critical thinking skills, excellent communication skills, and exceptional competencies in maths, technology, science, and engineering. There is no other way to produce this workforce other than getting more young people to complete college with the skills employers need.”

The ICCI community-wide fundraising campaign officially kicks off later this month with a meeting of ICCI alumni.

“This meeting on August 17 is a real heart-to-heart with the scores of alumni out there who have done well. It is now time for them to reach back and provide opportunities for current students through donations to improve teaching and learning and to provide scholarships,” Marshall said.

While the ICCI board of trustees has matched Marshall’s donation with a promise of more to come he says the college needs more.

“I think people have to put their money where the mouth is,” he said. “It’s not enough to say you support the education of young people. I think you have to show that support by digging in your wallet personally to make sure young people have a chance to get where you are. Corporate donations are great, but when it gets down to it, individuals on the island also should be making personal contributions to higher education causes.”

Marshall’s donation follows his earlier contributions this year of CI$1,000 to ICCI’s scholarship fund and another CI$1,000 donation provided by some friends in the US. He says he personally will be making calls to companies and individuals in Cayman in the weeks to come for help.

“These are the country’s future leaders; they deserve the best," Marshall added.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    give the man a chance ! it's people on this island that have more than any working class will ever   Make regardless of profession or job and they don't donate shit , i believe he mean his students good just by setting higher standards for graduation let the end result be the judge

  2. Anonymous says:

    This article leaves me scratching my head.  Mr. Marshall has been on island less than one year.  While I champion his community effort and I think he is a genuinely affable guy, I think it is a little too soon out of the gate.  As a fellow expat, I feel that he will be chewed up and spit out. His money will be taken and he will be left feeling robbed in the years to come when that $10k is all but forgotten. Take heed Mr. Marshall, step back and watch before you step. You must carry a very large stick in Cayman.  Remember:  You are NOT Caymanian and the rules of the land will remind you on a daily basis.

    • Anonymous says:

      What a disgusting post trying to poison this man's mind against Cayman and Caymanians.

      • Anonymous says:

        The philanthropists on the island who make new beautiful cities, donate parks, and help local businesses would agree with you, I am sure. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Why so many people complaining about the man making a donation? He's doing Caymankind, and you probably are not.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ask the president what percentage that is of his annual salary. He might have to sacrfice not buying premium for his expensive car for a month. Fake sacrifices are the most insulting to the hard working middle class.

    • Anonymous says:

      What does it matter what percentage it is? He donated something. He didn't have to give anything. Has any other past president donated anything? Have you? Even if your salary is smaller in comparison when everyone gives even a little it amounts to a lot. 

      • Anonymous says:

        Then why did he have to designate a number, not just "something" as you say. You missed entirely the whole point of the sacrifice. He is not sacrificing anything significant for himself, stop pretending. So why should I?  Seems more like he is trying to buy his job for another couple of years, So 10,000 which he can easily swing, would be called an investment for a personal return not related to the success of the college. He collects his salary whether students pass or fail. How about tying his salary to how successful his students are when they leave for a job or are up for a promotion. That would be a real sacrifice.

  4. Anonymous says:

    where is the PPM? Bloody useless. The overpaid CIG Chief Officers and double-dipping politicians should be donating cash too. Bet not one of them is going to step up, not one. What a sad sorry bunch of a-holes!

  5. Right ya so says:

    Thank you Mr Marshall.


  6. Anonymous says:

    These President of colleges and universities have not figured out how successful universities sustain themselves.

    Its not about requesting hand-outs, creating lavish conferances, or asking for more government funding. Those are all business management tricks, and I hope that is not the end result of what we are teaching students. We should be asking where all the money has gone to schools in the past…to line the pockets of administrative do nothings

    Its about creating an atmosphere where ingenuity and research and development can take place to create start-up businesses and develop patents that generate revenue and important contacts with experts all over the world.

    Fire all the administrative hacks nowand replace them with people who take seriously reserach and development and watch how other universities around the world support the endeavour to create the newest technologies that increase the quality of everyones life in addition to increasing revenues through association of  product development. The best Universities are the best because of thier research from Professors who are willing to try new things that will end up as a commodity, not because they have the best business teachers.

    If some of the Colleges do not change the emphasis to industrial product creation through research and development, then we are doomed to begging for handouts from individuals who own businesses that did take that step of faith.

    How many patents or claims to invention do the current colleges on the islands own -my guess is a big fat zero. 


  7. Anonymous says:

    Good for you Mr. Marshal! Shows a great leader at ICCI!