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Dr. Francis O. Severin
Director
Open Campus Country Sites

Dr. Francis O. Severin is the Director of the Open Campus Country Sites (OCCS) Division.  The Director began his career with The University of the West Indies (The UWI) on January 1, 1999 as Project Officer in the Office of Administration and Special Initiatives (OASIs), Vice Chancellery, based at Mona in Jamaica.  In August 2005 he assumed the post of Resident Tutor/Head of the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) in Dominica.  During the period August 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013, he steered the OCCS through a period of transition and novelty, which included the accreditation visitation processes. He assumed the post of Director in October 2013.  

The OCCS is the physiognomy of The UWI across Caribbean region.  The Sites provide direct and personal support to the University’s clientele and extend an unmediated arm to the communities which the Open Campus serves.  In addition to personifying the values of the Open Campus across regional communities, the OCCS deliberately pursues access to quality teaching and learning, research, and community partnerships - fundamental principles hinged on the Triple A Strategic Plan 2017-2022 pillars of Access, Alignment and Agility.  

In the increasingly competitive environment within which the OCCS operates, the Sites commit strategic focus and attention to providing a high-quality student experience and learning effectiveness for those enrolled in Post-Graduate, Graduate and Undergraduate programmes offered online, and Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) programmes and courses offered in both online and face-to-face modalities. The activities of the OCCS include marketing and promotion, new student recruitment, nurturing value-adding relationships, and using resources for expansion, operational efficiency and pecuniary effectiveness. 

The physical instance of the Open Campus in the various countries cater to the pursuit of Opening Doors to Life-changing Learning, consulting, research and public advocacy.  Partnership with community affiliates help to ensure that The UWI offerings are fulfilling the needs of the communities served throughout the Caribbean.  Over four hundred full time employees serve the OCCS and are devoted to utilizing physical and human resources and capabilities to respond to the needs of customers, including alumni, within the context of evolution and advancement in the global and regional environment.

The OCCS serves forty (40) physical Site locations in sixteen (16) English-speaking countries in the Caribbean and places significant focus on strengthening and expanding its scope, services and offerings to Caribbean communities. The Office of the Director includes two (2) Deputy Directors, an Administrative Officer, and the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Unit.  Dr. Cheryl Sloley, Deputy Director, has responsibility for Finance, Facilities and Human Resources. Dr. Veronica Simon, Acting Deputy Director, has responsibility for Student Matters and Human Resources. The departments of the OCCS are the Site locations distributed throughout the countries served by UWI, led by Country Managers or Heads and, in the case of the British Overseas Territories (BOTs) a Manager, who report to the Director.

Dr. Francis O. Severin
Director