Cleveland Sam, a Vincentian native, has been appointed as the Head of the Marketing and Communications team at The University of the West Indies Open Campus on January 2.

A release from the University highlighted that Mr Sam has more than 15 years of experience in the regional education sector, as the Public Relations Manager of the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) making him a sound candidate for the position he now holds. He began his communications career as Public Relations and Education Officer with the British Virgin Islands National Parks Trust in Tortola in 1996, and subsequently worked as Communications Consultant with the Public Sector Development Program of the BVI Government before joining the Caribbean Examinations Council. Mr Sam is the holder of a Master of Arts in Journalism Studies from the Cardiff University in Wales and Diplomas in Mass Communication (UWI) and Public Relations (Holborn College).

He also has certificates in Stakeholder Relationship Management from University of Pretoria, South Africa, and Copy Editing from the University of California at Berkeley Extension Program. He is also currently enrolled in The UWI Open Campus EdD in Higher Education Leadership program. In welcoming Mr Sam to The UWI and the Open Campus specifically, Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Open Campus Dr. Luz Longsworth stated “We are excited to have the benefit of Mr Sam’s expertise and experience added to the Open Campus leadership team. We have no doubt that he will bring innovative and fresh ideas to the table as we work towards positioning the Open Campus even more strategically within the higher education landscape of our region and beyond.” Mr Sam will be physically based in Barbados at the Open Campus’ Principal’s Office, Open Learning Center, Cave Hill.