Kenneth O. Hall

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His Excellency The Most Honourable
Sir Kenneth Octavius Hall
Governor General of Jamaica
In office
16 February 2006 – 26 February 2009
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Bruce Golding
Portia Simpson-Miller
P. J. Patterson
Preceded by Howard Cooke
Succeeded by Patrick Allen
Personal details
Born (1941-04-24) 24 April 1941 (age 74)
Lucea, Jamaica
Spouse(s) Rheima Hall

Professor Sir Kenneth Octavius Hall, ON, GCMG, OJ (born 24 April 1941) was Governor-General of Jamaica from 16 February 2006 to 26 February 2009. He was Jamaica's fifth Governor-General since independence in 1962.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Hall was born in Lucea, Jamaica. Hall holds a Bachelor's Degree in History, a post-graduate diploma in International Relations, and a PhD in History from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.


Prior to becoming Governor-General, he was a Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Hall has served in several other positions including:

He lectured in History at the University of the West Indies and was Professor of History at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. He was also Adjunct Professor of Caribbean Studies at University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, New York, and Professor of American Studies at State University of New York at Old Westbury.

In 1994, Hall had entered the service of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as Deputy Secretary General. In 1996, he assumed the positions of Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Mona Campus, UWI.

On 13 January 2009, it was announced by the Jamaica Information Service that Hall had resigned as Governor General of Jamaica, citing health reasons. He was succeeded by Patrick Allen, President of the West Indies Union of Seventh-Day Adventists and Chairman of Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica.

Honors and awards[edit]

He received the Order of Jamaica, a National Honour, in 2004. He was conferred with Jamaica's second highest National Honour, the Order of the Nation, on the occasion of his swearing in. A year and eight months after being appointed Jamaica's fifth governor-general, Hall was appointed GCMG on 6 November 2007, and received the insignia from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace on 30 May 2008.

In 2008, Hall and Lady Rheima Hall received the Collar and Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain, respectively.[2][3]

Government offices
Preceded by
Howard Cooke
Governor General of Jamaica
Succeeded by
Patrick Allen


  1. ^ Kenneth Hall is new Governor-General of Jamaica; Jamaica Gleaner (24 January 2006)
  2. ^ "Boletín Oficial del Estado" (PDF) (in Spanish). Agencia Estatal Boletín Oficial del Estado. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Boletín Oficial del Estado" (PDF) (in Spanish). Agencia Estatal Boletín Oficial del Estado. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2015. 

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