The University of the Virgin Islands announces the academic deans for the 2008-2009 academic year. Dr. Malik Sekou continues as dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Dr. Michael L.Vineyard, who is a professor of management at UVI, has been named dean of the Business Division. Dr. Camille McKayle, who returns to UVI from two years of service at the National Science Foundation (NSF), has been named interim dean of Science and Mathematics. Joining the University are Dr. Joane W. McKay who has been named interim dean of Education and Dr. Cheryl P. Franklin who has been named dean of Nursing.
Dr. Sekou has worked at the University for almost 15 years in various faculty positions. He has served as a professional political consultant in the Virgin Islands Legislature. He was instrumental in raising funds for UVI salary increases, the Criminal Justice Program, and the Honors Program. Dr. Sekou is a sought-after political commentator and historian. He is a contributing columnist for the Virgin Islands Daily News and is also a host and commentator of radio and television programs.
Dr. Sekou holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Political Science from UVI, a Masters of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Delaware. His main office is located on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
Dr. Vineyard holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing with a focus on logistics, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Operations Management, a Master of Science in Quantitative Analysis, and a Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Cincinnati. He spent 18 years as a graduate faculty member at the University of Memphis where he taught undergraduate, Master of Business Administration (MBA), executive MBA, and Ph.D. classes. He has been at UVI for three years as a professor of Decision Sciences and has served as statistics coordinator, MBA coordinator, and interim department chair.
Dr. Vineyard's research on computer integrated manufacturing, productivity and strategic operations management has been published in numerous national and international refereed journals and academic proceedings. His research has been applied by companies and resulted in multiple industry-university cooperative contracts. He has assisted with the implementation of numerically controlled systems for major companies such as Ford, General Motors, Caterpillar and General Electric. His main office is located on the St. Thomas campus.
At the NSF Dr. McKayle served as Program Officer for the foundation's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program. Prior to her service at NSF, Dr. McKayle was an assistant professor of Mathematics at Lafayette College, Lehigh University, and the University of the Virgin Islands, before being promoted to a tenure position as associate professor of Mathematics at UVI.
Dr. McKayle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and her master's and doctoral degrees in Mathematics from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. In 1999, Dr. McKayle was instrumental in securing a $3.5 million NSF grant that enabled UVI to increase the number of students who select majors in science, mathematics and technology. She also served as the first program coordinator for UVI's NSF-EPSCoR grant. Her main office is located on the St. Thomas campus.
Dr. McKay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in Professional Studies from Iowa State University. She comes to UVI with more than three decades of higher education experience. She served as coordinator and director of student teaching at Iowa State, the University of Nevada and the University of Northern Iowa, before rising to assistant dean, then associate dean and finally dean of the College of Education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minn.
Dr. McKay has published numerous articles in refereed journals on the subjects of student teaching, international student teaching and cooperating teacher effectiveness and training. She has also served as editor of EdView Magazine, published by the College of Education at St. Cloud State University, and contributed articles to various higher education newsletters. She is the author of both external and internal evaluation reports, monographs (including 10 Tips for Surviving NCATE,2000) and innumerable speeches, workshops and demonstrations. Her main office is located on the St. Thomas campus.
Dr. Franklin has served the New Orleans area of Louisiana for more than three decades as a registered nurse in clinical practice and as an educator in the field of nursing. She began her teaching career as a Clinical Instructor at the Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, and later served at Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing in Baton Rouge and at Dillard University.
Dr. Franklin has also served as an associate professor, level coordinator, director of the Associate of Science Nursing Program and finally as assistant dean for the College of Nursing and Allied Health at Nicholls State University at Thibodaux, La. Her main office is located on the St. Croix campus.