Brief History of Church Teachers' College: Mandeville.
The college started with 75 students (24 males, 51 females) as
Mandeville Teachers' College with a staff complement of 6. The name was changed to Church
Teachers' College during the principalship of the Rev. Orland Lindsay.
Over the past 33 years the college has achieved high academic standards. It has won
awards for its performance on several occasions in the final JBTE examinations. It has
provided winners of the J.J. Mills scholarship on several occasions and has produced
graduates who have proceeded to excel in higher University degrees and who are now working
in both local and foriegn Universities.
Perhaps the most outstanding achievements of the College have been in its
development of human recources and scholars with a "human face". Some of its
past students have shown sensitive community involvement, nurtured by the Christian
spirit. For example, as early as 1967 when schools in Portland and Hanover were closed for
want of teachers, graduating students from the college volunteered to go to open the
closed schools, thus providing hope and for those bereft communities.
Continuing this tradition of service to the community our Clubs and Societies and
Religious Fraternities continue to reach out and serve the communities in many ways. Our
Physical Education Department has over the years assisted schools in the areas which need
help in organizing sports and training in Physical Education. In particular that
department has worked with the physically challenged.
The contribution of our graduates to the development of Jamaica has been without
question. Many of our outstanding coaches in the Track and Field Athletics in Jamaica were
trained at the College. Additionally, a number of outstanding past students have been
ordained as Ministers of Religion.
The College operates under the aegis of the Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and the
Ministry of Education and Culture. To emphasize this fusion, His Grace, the Most Rev.
Orland Lindsay, recently retired Archbishop of the West Indies, was as Rev. Orland
Lindsay, in 1967 the first permanently appointed Principal of the College.
Other past Principals are:
Mr. Geralt Jones (First Acting Principal) - 1965 - 1967
The Rt. Rev. Dr. William A. Murray: Suffragan Bishop of Mandeville
(retired) - 1970 - 1978.
(Also served as Chairman, Board of Management from 1984 - 1998)
Mrs. Joan Swaby (Acting) 1978 - 1979
Rev. Dr. Adlyn White (Acting) 1987 - 1988 and 1990 - 1991.
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Thaxter 1979 - 1996. (He served the College from
its inception until his retirement in 1996.
President of the College: The Rt. Rev. Dr.
The Hon. Neville W. deSouza
Actg. Chairman: Mr. Leo Goodin (1998 - 99 academic
Principal: Mrs. Beverley Minott
Actg. Vice-Prinicpal: Mrs. E. Jean Ramsay.