New registrar for UWI Open Campus


The University of the West Indies is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Karen Ford-Warner as Campus Registrar, UWI Open Campus, effective August 15, 2011.

Mrs Ford-Warner, who recently served as Open Campus Alumni Relations Consultant, brings to this new post a rich and broad range of expertise and experience both nationally and regionally in the fields of education, law, public sector management and tourism. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University Teachers’ College (M.A. in  International Educational Development), and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Administration) as well as an LLB Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School. Her undergraduate studies were pursued at Harvard University, from which she graduated with a BA (cum laude) in Sociology.

For over 17 years she worked in the Tourism Sector serving in various high-level positions.  She served as Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) in Jamaica and for six years was the Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) based at its headquarters in Barbados.  During a four-year tenure as Director General of the Tourism Division in the Office of the Prime Minister (now the Ministry of Tourism) in Jamaica, she was responsible for overall policy formulation and planning for tourism development, and initiated the process leading to the development of Jamaica’s Tourism Master Plan. From 2005 to 2007, she was Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

A certified Mediator, she is also an attorney-at-law and was Chief Legal Counsel for the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company between 1987 and 1993. Prior to that she was acting Publications Officer at the School of Education, UWI, Mona and a teacher of English and History at St Hugh’s High School for Girls, her alma mater.

She has been involved in alumni relations for Harvard University as an interviewer and mentor for undergraduate students, and was a member for four years of the Alumni Executive Council of the Kennedy School of Government.

Mrs Ford-Warner sits on various boards, including the Earl Warner Trust, a foundation dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Barbadian writer and theatre director, Earl Warner, which encourages progressive Caribbean theatre and provides scholarships for students of the performing arts in the Caribbean.

She is the mother of two children, Zahra aged 20 and Djavan aged 17.

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  1. Francis O. Severin
    September 14, 2011

    Dear Friends,

    Just wished to correct a typo. The relevant sentence should read, “Indeed, the blog participant is also correct to say that the Registrar is NOT based in Dominica”

    To clarify, the Registrar is based in Jamaica.

    Again, kind thanks.

  2. Francis O. Severin
    September 14, 2011

    Dear Friends,

    Thanks for all your kind comments and please accept our apologies for any misunderstanding. It is reasonable to voice a concern if you do not understand, and sometimes a second read clarifies. Your feedback is much appreciated. I also thank DNO for broadcasting our Press Releases.

    Just to note that the nuance comes in the first paragraph. If the appointment was Dominica specific, it would normally have said UWI Open Campus Dominica. However it says UWI Open Campus which suggests the entire Open Campus. Indeed, the blog participant is also correct to say that the Registrar is based in Dominica.

    Meanwhile, thanks for the kind comments. We do appreciate them. Just to assure you also, Dr. Severin is fine and very much at his post at the UWI Open Campus Dominica. With God’s Grace, he has no immediate migration plans.

    Peace and God Bless!

  3. September 13, 2011

    read, understand and then comment.

  4. possie pple
    September 13, 2011

    boy that lady have achievements under her belt….nuff respect.

  5. Lady
    September 13, 2011

    what happened to Dr. Severin?

    • Response
      September 13, 2011

      Dr. Severin is still the Head of the Open Campus Dominica Site. Mrs. Ford Warner is the appointed registrar taking the place of Simone Augier in Jamaica.

    • stupzzz
      September 13, 2011

      The lady is based in Jamaica…. she is the University Registrar… nothing to do with Dominica

    • On the side
      September 13, 2011

      Dr Secerin is the Resident Tutor

    • whatever!
      September 13, 2011

      They didn’t tell you she is the new head of UWI OPEN CAMPUS DOMINICA!! U PEOPLE RETARDED? SMH SMH!!

      • sexy balaw
        September 13, 2011

        Dont castiget the reader. I had the same questions thank God he was castigated so I have the answer and do not have to ask. Articles must be written much clearer. Usually DNO news is about local happenings in Dominica and I really thought she was here in Dominica as the registrar. Communication is about the transfer of meaning. Our people do not enjoy reading please encourage them by writing for us to understand.

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  6. Nadia
    September 13, 2011

    Congratulations to Mrs. Ford Warner. I know you will do a remarkable job. :wink:

  7. Welcome
    September 13, 2011

    Welcome to our beautiful island. Thank God for UWI!

    • Response
      September 13, 2011

      She is not at UWI Dominica. She is the registrar for all the Open Campus Sites, based in Jamaica.

      • RAS B
        September 14, 2011

        The comments reflects a lack of clarity in the writing of the article. DNO needs to take note. The article must be written in order to ensure that the readership undertands the message that is being communicated. Failing this reflects poorly on journalism, so by extension, this was a poorly written article!

        ADMIN: If it was for Dominica, that would be in the first paragraph. Simple as that. What is so hard to understand?

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    • whatever!
      September 13, 2011

      she in ur house??, you telling her welcome…she not Dominica!!

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