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New Head at Belize Open Campus Site

For Release Upon Receipt - May 13, 2008

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Open Campus Country Sites (OCCS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Jane Bennett as Head of the Belize country site in Belize City. According to an official announcement from OCCS Director, Mrs. Luz Longsworth, the appointment became effective on Thursday 1st May, 2008.

Mrs. Bennett is a Belizean national who has served as Acting Resident Tutor and Head of the Belize centre under the former School of Continuing Studies (SCS) since February 1, 2007. She brings to this new post an extensive background in programme management, budget management, human resources management, as well as in adult and continuing education and outreach activities.

Mrs. Bennett also has extensive experience in human resources and organisation behavior management, working since 2005 as a part-time lecturer designing and evaluating course syllabi in this field. She has written manuals for private sector employees on company policies and procedures, as well as designed and implemented performance appraisal systems and other human resources management systems for select companies in Belize.

Her experience in this field has also been enhanced by her international experience in New York, including working for almost two decades with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Following that, she spent four years, beginning in 2001, as the office manager for the Private Equity Merger and Acquisitions (PEMA) Unit of Mercer Human Resource Consulting.A proven advocate for the advancement of women through education, Mrs. Bennett is the founder, chairman and programme director of the Eglah’s Training Centre (ETC) for Women, a non-profit agency currently headquartered in Belize City. She established the centre in 2001 in order to provide business development training, continuing education and life skills programmes for women in Belize.

Mrs. Bennett received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences in 2001 from Saint Peter’s College, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and a Master of Science in Adult Education and Human Resource Development in 2003 from Fordham University in New York.

Mrs. Bennett is also a member of many professional associations, including the Belize Board of Teacher Education, the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB), and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) National Committee. Her publication experience includes reviewing books for publication in journals such as Perspectives, the New York Journal of Adult Learning, the New York Association of Continuing Community Education and Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education.