Four Bahamians are being considered for president of the College of The Bahamas (COB) but until one is named Dr. Earla Carey-Baines will function as its acting president.
Her appointment came into effect on January 1, COB’s Council announced yesterday in a press release.
Dr. Carey-Baines has more than 30 years’ experience in education and higher education administration.
She previously held the position of president of the college for an interim period, from July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.
She joined the college as a faculty member in the English Department in 1988 and became coordinator of the department in fall 1997.
From September 2000 to July 2004, Dr. Carey-Baines was chair of the School of English Studies with responsibility for the school’s long range planning, curriculum, programme evaluation and faculty performance assessment.
From January 2005 to June 2010, Dr. Carey-Baines served as dean in the Faculty of Liberal and Fine Arts with oversight for the Schools of Communication and Creative Arts and English Studies.
She also held the post of acting dean with responsibility for the School of Social Sciences.
While serving in this capacity, she helped to develop the bachelor’s degree in the Spanish programme, the college’s first baccalaureate degree in a foreign language and collaborated with the Office of Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations to expand student study abroad opportunities and faculty exchanges in non-English speaking countries.
Dr. Carey-Baines holds a doctor of philosophy degree with an interdisciplinary focus on English, Education and Sociology and Master of Arts degree in Composition and Rhetoric, both from Washington State University.
She completed undergraduate studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.
In 1997, she was honoured with The Distinguished Director’s Award from Washington State University in 1997 and was a Fulbright scholar between 1992 and 1994.
COB’s immediate past President Dr. Betsy Vogel-Boze completed her three-year stint at the college on December 31.