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Dr. Cheryl Sloley

Dr. Cheryl Sloley
Open Campus Country Sites

Dr Cheryl Sloley is Director, Open Campus Country Sites (OCCS). She previously served as Deputy Director, Finance, Facilities and Human Resources for Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica.

Dr Sloley, a Jamaican, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Studies (with Honors) from The University of the West Indies, Mona (1990); a Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA (1999) and a PhD in Electronic Commerce from The University of the West Indies, Mona (2014).

Dr Sloley brings a wealth of knowledge and valuable experience to the post of Director, having held several senior management positions over her many years of dedicated service to The UWI.  She started her career at The UWI in 1991 when she worked as Administrative Assistant in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations University Centre. She then served as Project Assistant in The UWI’s Project Office, was seconded to The UWI/CIDA Institutional Strengthening Project as Project/ Finance Officer and later assumed the position of Administrative Officer at The UWI Centre for Environment and Development (UWICED) before moving on to the then School of Continuing Studies (SCS) in 2001.

In 2002, Dr Sloley was appointed Acting Resident Tutor/Head of the largest SCS Centre: Camp Road, Jamaica. In that capacity she spearheaded a comprehensive administrative and financial restructuring of the Centre.  Her significant accomplishments in this position included a 30 percent increase in student enrollment between 2002 and 2004; programme re-engineering: introduction of new courses; the revision of legacy programmes; significant infrastructural development and the implementation of a new marketing thrust.

During the years 2008 - 2012 she served in the Office of the Director OCCS as Regional Coordinator for the Eastern Caribbean and Barbados with overall responsibility for the coordination and implementation of the Open Campus’ Strategic Goals and Operational Plans in those jurisdictions. She was also responsible for ensuring student and staff satisfaction, and overseeing the administrative and financial operations of the eleven (11) Open Campus Country Sites in that region.

In October 2012 she assumed responsibility as managerial lead for the Government of Jamaica’s (GOJ) Universal Service Fund (USF) Project Grant of J$105 million to upgrade the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure of 10 Open Campus Country Sites in Jamaica.  In 2013, Dr Sloley was then appointed as Deputy Director, Commercial Operations in the OCCS with responsibility for strategic leadership, student and staff portfolio matters as well as OCCS growth and development initiatives.

In August 2019 Dr Sloley’s position was re-designated as Deputy Director, Finance, Facilities and Human Resources for Trinidad & Tobago and JamaicaHer strategic leadership and Campus responsibilities included, among other things, the identification of operational and commercial development initiative as well as training and development needs, working in collaboration with Heads of Sites across the Region. She served as Chair, Open Campus Disaster Recovery Committee (2017-2018),  spearheading the recovery and renovation of the Open Campus Dominica, BVI, Anguilla and St Kitts and Nevis Sites following the destruction of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Dr Sloley serves on various constituted bodies of The UWI and the Open Campus such as Campus Council; Academic Board and the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Steering Committee.  She also acted as Director, OCCS on several occasions between 2013 and 2020.  She currently serves as a member of the University Senate; the Vice-Chancellor’s UWI Global Online Policy Working Group; The Vice-Chancellor’s Committee on “UWI: Imagining 2020/21 and Beyond” and is Co-Convenor for “The Digital UWI” a Subcommittee for “UWI: Imagining 2020/21 and Beyond.”  She has undertaken several research and consultancies and was responsible for the establishment of a National Registry of Volunteers for the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) in Jamaica.

Dr Sloley is also a commissioned Justice of the Peace (JP) for the Parish of Kingston and St Andrew, Jamaica. She also served as the first female President of the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains (RCLP), Jamaica in 2007-08; was the recipient of the Rotary International’s Governor of District 7020 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the RCLP (2004-05); earned the first Gold Award for the RCLP in 2009, and was conferred by RCLP with the highest Order in Rotary,  being inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) in 2009 for outstanding service as President of the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains.