The University of the South Pacific (USP) extended its heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of the late President Baldwin Womtelo Lonsdale, the government and people of Vanuatu.
President Lonsdale served as the Chancellor of USP for a period of one year from July 2015 to 2016 with distinction, said the Acting Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Derrick Armstrong.
“USP is deeply saddened by his sudden passing.
“His chancellorship was inspiring and we (USP) admire the passion which he advocated for the university.
“He had strong leadership and integrity brought to his office.
“The institution for higher education is grateful for his services.
“Everyone in the region who have followed developments in Vanuatu in the past years have the highest regard and admiration for the way he leads and made decisions for his country, especially during trying times,” said Professor Armstrong.
The late President was instrumental in mobilizing the rehabilitation efforts after cyclone Pam and was a champion of anti-corruption in Vanuatu.
He served his people and his country admirably until he died from a heart attack last Saturday.
He will always be remembered for his transparent and accountable leadershi
- By Anita Roberts, Vanuatu Daily Post