Deputy Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dorrett Campbell, has been seconded to the Edna Manley College of the Performing and Visual Arts as interim principal effective today, December 1, 2021.

Disclosure of the secondment was made in a statement by the education ministry.

The secondment of Ms. Campbell to Edna Manley follows a sexual harassment scandal and the subsequent suspension of the principal of the tertiary institution in 2019.

The ministry in its statement also noted that the college has faced a number of operational challenges over the past two years and Ms. Campbell will provide strategic and administrative leadership to the institution.

Ms. Campbell has more than 30 years of service to the Jamaican education sector, serving at different levels.

She has served as secondary teacher of English, senior lecturer at the Mico Uaniversity College, Education Officer, Director of Communications and as Deputy Chief Education Officer in charge of Schools Operations & School Improvement Services since December 2012.

She also served the Caribbean Community for six years as Communications Specialist in the Office of the Secretary-General at the CARICOM Secretariat.

The ministry says Ms. Campbell will see to the full and proper functioning of the finance and administrative services, human resources operations and facilities planning and management.

In addition to leading the daily operations of the college, she’ll also work with the board of directors to provide policy support and operational guidance with the aim of making the college more responsive to the national objectives and the need to lead in the creative industries.

The ministry says it stands fully in support of the turn-around that’s needed to restore confidence in Edna Manley, thus allowing it to seek strategic collaborations, expand its curriculum offerings and become the regional magnet for the production of creative works.