For Release Upon Receipt - November 5, 2012
The Open Campus Council of The University of the West Indies (UWI) has approved the appointment of Dr Barbara A. Rodgers-Newbold to the post of Head, Open Campus, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas as of October 15, 2012.
Dr Rodgers-Newbold is the first Bahamian to serve in this position and brings extensive knowledge and experience to the post. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St Benedict; a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with specialization in International Business from the University of Miami; and a Doctoral Degree of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Dr Rodgers-Newbold is certified in the areas of Advanced Management Studies, Interpersonal Relationship Skills, Behavioural Styles Analyses, and Managing and Facilitating Online Instruction. Most recently, she has served as group facilitator for the Educational Management & Administration course in the Adult & Continuing Education Master’s Programme from The UWI Open Campus. She is a student supervisor in the University’s graduate programmes.
Dr Rodgers-Newbold has also worked as a Corporate and Employee Development Training Consultant and an adjunct faculty member for several colleges and tertiary institutions in the Bahamas, including the College of the Bahamas Centre for Continuing Education and Extension Services (CEES).
Dr. Rodgers-Newbold will be responsible for daily management and administration of the Open Campus, including student matters, the identification and development of adult education needs, and technical and vocational training.
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Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.
(Please note that the registered name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)