Professor Stephen Vasciannie is to demit office as President of the University of Technology, UTECH.

In a statement, the university said Vasciannie has indicated that for personal and professional reasons he will not renew his contract when it expires on December 31.

UTECH’s Pro-Chancellor Richard Powell said Vasciannie has offered to extend his tenure to support the transitional arrangements for his succession.

Powell says the University Council is grateful that Professor Vasciannie had accepted the invitation to take on the mantle of leadership at UTech, Jamaica during this season of its evolution.

Mr. Powell says Professor Vasciannie made a significant contribution during his three-year tenure.

He says Vasciannie has achieved among other things, institutional accreditation and launching of the University of Technology, Jamaica Press.

According to Mr. Powell, Vasciannie has also demonstrated a strong student-centred approach and leadership in strengthening teaching, research and service.

Mr. Powell says those and other important initiatives have served to strengthen the University’s institutional capacity and brand, as well as enhanced the value of the university’s offerings.

Stephen Vasciannie is a renowned scholar and Jamaica’s former Ambassador to Washington.

He was recently at the center of efforts to end industrial action by UTECH staffers which disrupted activity at the university.