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.
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
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
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 -
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.
Mrs. Beverley Minott - 1996 - 2003.
President of the College:
The Rt. Rev. Dr. The Hon. Neville W. deSouza - Diocesan Bishop.
Chairman: Bishop Harold Daniels.
Vice Chairman: Mr. Leo Goodin.
Principal: Mrs. Bridgette Gordon.
Vice-Prinicpal: Mrs.Claudth Flecther.