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H.E. Dr. June Soomer

H.E. Dr. June Soomer

St. Lucian, Ambassador Dr. June Soomer is the new Chairman of the Open Campus Council. A UWI alumna, she received her Ph.D. in History from the UWI in 1994. She was the first female to graduate with a doctorate in History from the UWI, Cave Hill. Her thesis entitled “An Assessment of the Factors Affecting the Structure and Functioning of The British West Indies Federal Civil Service, 1947-1962”, highlighted her passion for regional integration, one that she has maintained throughout her career. She currently serves as the Secretary General to the Association of Caribbean States. 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. She is an historian and has worked in the diplomatic, financial and education sectors regionally and internationally.

Dr. Soomer has over 30 years of academic and professional experience functioning at the managerial, operational and technical levels. She therefore has a robust understanding of contemporary development issues and continues to advocate for equality and equity in sustainable development, especially for the Caribbean region. 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. The leadership, staff, students and alumni of The UWI Open Campus welcome Ambassador Soomer as their new Campus Council Chairman.

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