Rex Nettleford


Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford

(February 3, 1933 – February 2, 2010 )

Ralston Milton “Rex” Nettleford OM(Jamaica), FIJ, OCC was a Jamaican scholar, social critic, choreographer, former Rhodes Scholar and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), the leading research university in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

After taking an undergraduate degree in History at UWI he pursued post-graduate studies in Politics at Oxford. He was also the co-founder, artistic director and principal choreographer of the internationally acclaimed National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica and was widely regarded throughout the Caribbean and the Diaspora as a leading authority on development and cultural dynamics.

In 2003, the centenary year of the Rhodes Scholarships, when Oxford University conferred honorary degrees on four prominent Rhodes Scholars from around the world, Rex Nettleford was one of the chosen four. The citation described him as “a Vice-Chancellor, a man of the greatest versatility: effective in action, outstanding in erudition, and most supple in dance.”