Osbert Potter was born third of eight children to Cecil and Margaret Potter, both deceased, on the island of Tortola, British Virgin Islands. At age 10 he moved to St. Thomas and attended the Lockhart Elementary School, Wayne Aspinal, now Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and Charlotte Amalie High School, graduating in 1974.
His public school education prepared him for the College of the Virgin Islands where he graduated cum laude in 1978, with a B.A. in Business Administration — concentration in Finance. Mr. Potter successfully campaigned and was elected to the 20 st and 21st Legislatures of the Virgin Islands in 1992 and 1994. During both terms in the Legislature, he served as Chairman of the Committee of Economic Development, Agriculture and Consumer Protection.
In 1997 and 1998, he served as Commissioner of the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs. From 1999 to 2004 he hosted the very popular weekly television talk show, Behind the Headlines, on the Virgin Islands Public Television station, WTJX where hot topics of the day were discussed during interviews with elected officials, business and community leaders.
He joined the Virgin Islands National Guard in 1985 and served for 23 honorable years in the ranks of Lieutenant, Chief Warrant Officer 2 and Captain. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Potter was the full-time Public Relations Officer for the Virgin Islands National Guard, residing on St. Croix.
In 2004 he was hired by the Board of the Virgin Islands Public Television System to head up the territory’s only PBS affiliated station. During the last decade he transformed the station into a very much loved and highly valued source of local programming and community outreach programs. His vision is to make the Virgin Islands Public Television system the repository of all visual items of cultural and historic significance for the Virgin Islands and to make them accessible to the residents of our community on demand.
From 1978 to 1992, Mr. Potter was a part-time instructor at the University of the Virgin Islands. During that time he taught Introduction to Data Processing, Computer Programming and Micro Computer Operations. Mr. Potter’s teachings in data processing, has been the impetus for the current success of many Virgin Islanders in the field. He, along with his classmate, Lionel Parsons formed Parson, Potter and Associates Computer School in the mid 1980’s. This was a private computer school that specialized in training students of all ages in the concepts and practical functions of micro computer operations.
Mr. Potter is an active member the 40 Plus Modified Softball League’s, Movements Softball Team. He is the president of the Charlotte Amalie High School Alumni Class of 1974 and former president of the St Thomas/St John chapter of the United Way.
Since 1998 Mr. Potter has been a popular radio personality on KISS 101.3 FM, as host of the show, “Strictly Local.” This three-hour radio program featured and highlighted local music and musicians; covering soca, calypso, reggae and gospel. As a spin-off to the radio program, Mr. Potter has promoted an annual calypso show during the carnival season.
He is the father of five, two boys and three girls: Dareem, Dyonna, Dykisha, Kyrah and Indigo.
Based on his education, stellar employment history, management talent, and proven commitment to the people, Mr. Osbert Potter is eminently qualified and capable to excel in this position for which he has been nominated. He is a man of the people and for the people.