St. George's University

St. George's University is a private international university in Grenada, West Indies, offering degrees in medicine, veterinary medicine, public health, the health sciences, nursing, arts and sciences, and business.

St. George's University
St. George's University logo.png
MottoThink Beyond
Established1976 by
ChancellorCharles R. Modica
Academic staff
Location, ,
12°00′02″N 61°46′23″W / 12.000557°N 61.773065°W / 12.000557; -61.773065
CampusTrue Blue Bay

St. George's University was established by an act of Grenada's parliament on July 23, 1976. Classes in the School of Medicine began January 17, 1977. In 1993, the University added graduate and undergraduate programs. In 1996, it was granted a charter for the School of Arts and Sciences and a Graduate Studies Program. In 1997, undergraduate courses in international business, life sciences, medical sciences, pre-medical and pre-veterinary medicine were added. The School of Veterinary Medicine was established in 1999, as was the University's Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.


St. George's University was founded on July 23, 1976, by an act of Grenada's Parliament. The name is taken from the capital city of Grenada. The original founders were Charles Modica, Louis Modica, Edward McGowan, and Patrick F. Adams. Classes at St. George’s School of Medicine began on January 17, 1977. Almost all of the founding faculty members had been educated either in the United States or Europe.

A Marxist military coup forcibly overturned the democratically elected Gairy government of Grenada in 1979, as the school was in its infancy with a student enrollment of 630. There were nearly 1,000 Americans on the island (including students, faculty, families, etc.). The U.S. government launched Operation Urgent Fury in 1983 as a result. Students were evacuated and classes were moved to Long Island, New York; New Jersey, and Barbados temporarily until 1984.[1]

The reason given by the U.S. Administration of Ronald Reagan to justify the October 1983 invasion of Grenada was to rescue American medical students at St. George’s University from the danger posed to them by the violent coup, as well as to return the country to its democratic status, that had overthrown Grenada’s Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.[2][3] Bishop, a number of members of his government and several dozen civilians were killed in the coup and the island had been placed under a 24-hour curfew.[4] During the days immediately after the coup, the only independent information coming out of Grenada was from a ham radio operated by a St. George’s student.[5][6]

In his memoir, President Reagan recounted the return to the U.S. of the St. George’s students as an event that affected him deeply. "I was among many in our country whose eyes got a little misty when I watched their arrival in the United States on television and saw some of them lean down and kiss American soil the moment that they stepped off the airplanes that brought them home."[7]

In response to Hurricane Ivan in 2004, students were again relocated temporarily to campuses in the United States.[8] The school has a comprehensive hurricane plan in place currently.[9]

In August 2014, SGU received a $750 million investment[10] from Baring Private Equity Asia and Altas Partners, a Canadian private equity company whose other major investment is in a salt mining operation.[11] In August 2015, G. Richard Olds, the founder and past dean of UC Riverside School of Medicine, was named as the school's president and CEO.[12] Dr. Andrew Sussman, former executive vice president of clinical services for CVS Health, was appointed the university's CEO in May 2017.[13]


St. George's University owns 65 buildings on 42 acres of land, spread out in a peninsula in the southwest corner of Grenada located in the West Indies. A major campus expansion begun in the early 1990s resulted in 52 new buildings. The architecture of the buildings are of Georgian architecture. The campus hosts a beautiful black sand beach known as Mandem Beach, which lies to the west of campus.[14]

University schoolsEdit

St. George's University School of Medicine offers a Doctor of Medicine degree program that can be earned individually or as part of a dual degree with a Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, or Bachelor of Science. School of Veterinary Medicine students may obtain a DVM by itself or with the aforementioned degree programs. In addition, the School of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor's degree programs, and students can earn an MPH, MBA, MSc or PhD through the Graduate Studies Program.[15]

University administrationEdit


  • Charles R. Modica (1976–present)


  • Charles R. Modica (1976–2015)
  • G. Richard Olds (2015–present)

Vice Chancellors

Notable speakersEdit

White Coat Ceremony Speakers
School of Medicine[16]

Bourne Lecture Speakers

Keith B. Taylor Memorial/WINDREF Lecture Speakers

See alsoEdit

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ "St. George's University History". Archived from the original on 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-11-29.
  2. ^ Holmes, Steven A. (1994-05-02). "Less Strategic Now, Grenada Is to Lose American Embassy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  3. ^ "Jonetown". Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  4. ^ "Remembering Reagan's Invasion of Grenada". Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  5. ^ Magnuson, Ed; Redman, Christopher; McWhlrter, William (1983-11-21). "Getting Back to Normal". Time. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  6. ^ Magnuson, Ed (1983-11-07). "D-Day in Grenada". Time. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  7. ^ "Lebanon, Beirut and Grenada". Archived from the original on 2007-11-11. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  8. ^ "Hurricane-hit Grenada med school moves".
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  10. ^ "St. Georges University Lands $750M Investment Deal". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Altas partners with St. George's University". Altas Partners. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Dr. G. Richard Olds Appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. George's University". Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  13. ^ "St. George's University Names CVS Health Executive Vice President Dr. Andrew Sussman As New CEO". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  14. ^ "Campus Facilities". Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  15. ^ "Campus Programs". Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  16. ^ "School of Medicine White Coat Ceremony speakers". Archived from the original on 2015-05-23. Retrieved 2015-08-11.

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