Appointment of Council Chairman for The UWI Open Campus

The Office of the Principal, Barbados. 02 May 2017. The Council of The University of the West Indies (UWI) approved the appointment of Ambassador Dr. June Soomer as the new Chairman of the Open Campus Council at their annual meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Barbados. Ambassador Soomer assumes this post after the untimely passing of former Chairman, Sir K. Dwight Venner in December 2016. Ambassador Soomer is charged to formally guide the strategic, financial and administrative affairs of the Open Campus within the University’s new strategic direction, regional priorities and global initiatives.

A St. Lucian by nationality, Ambassador Soomer is an historian by training and experience with diverse experiences through her work in the diplomatic, financial and education sectors in the Caribbean and internationally.

She currently serves as the Secretary General to the Association of Caribbean States. With over 30 years of academic and professional experience functioning at the managerial, operational and technical levels, Ambassador Soomer has developed a solid understanding of contemporary development issues and continues to advocate for equality and equity in sustainable development, especially for the Caribbean region.

Ambassador Dr. June Soomer received her Ph.D. in History from the University of the West Indies in 1994. She was the first female to graduate with a doctorate in History from the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies.

Her thesis entitled “An Assessment of the Factors Affecting the Structure and Functioning of The British West Indies Federal Civil Service, 1947-1962”, commenced her deep passion for regional integration and has directed her career path.

She served as St. Lucia’s Ambassador to OECS and CARICOM with responsibility for Diaspora Affairs from 2008-2015. Since completing her doctorate, she has pursued programmes in Human Resources Management, Organisation Development and Strategic Planning.

She also lectured at the University of the West Indies, the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, the University of North Carolina Central and was a visiting lecturer at the University of San Francisco, Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Ambassador Soomer also worked for ten years at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (EECB) in the Human Resources Department, the Research Department and the Strategic Policy Unit of the institution. Read more

Source: St. Lucia Times