Principal of the UWI Open Campus
“Women In Leadership”
Dr. Luz Longsworth holds a Doctorate in Business Administration in Higher Education Management from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. She holds a B.A. in French and Spanish (First Class Hons.) and MBA (Marketing) degrees from the University of the West Indies and also holds a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies from Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Longsworth has over 25 years of experience in both academia and business in Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Belize and Barbados.
She has held the posts of General Manager of La Moda Export Limited, a garment manufacturing company in Jamaica and General Manager of Amicorp BVI, a financial services company in the BVI. Her academic career has included lecturing in Spanish Language and Literature as well as in Management subjects at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Open Campus, and Cave Hill School of Business) and the University of Belize.
She has also supervised and examined several student theses at the Masters and Doctoral levels at the UWI and the University of Liverpool. Dr. Longsworth’s research focus is in the fields of Leadership development, Change Management and Organizational Development and Transformation. She is a certified trainer in Leadership courses in 360 degree Leadership, Communication Skills, Accelerating Teamwork and 5 Levels of Leadership for the internationally renowned John Maxwell Company and in Leadership Embodiment (levels 1 and 2).
She has participated in various consulting projects in the areas of Leadership Development and Coaching, Strategic Planning, Teambuilding and Development, Leadership in Higher Education and Managing Change and Organizational Transformation. She has facilitated training programmes and workshops across the Caribbean and the United Kingdom for several organizations including Ernst and Young (Caribbean), LEX (Caribbean), Courts (Belize), NICH (Belize), Belize Telecommunications Limited (Belize), Sandals International (Jamaica), ExIm Bank (Jamaica), Scotiabank (Jamaica), Secrets Resorts (Jamaica), and engaged in policy research for the Higher Education Council (UK). Keenly community-oriented, Dr. Longsworth has worked with at-risk youths in Western Jamaica, Belize, Barbados and the British Virgin Islands, as well as served on the boards of several community based organizations. Dr. Longsworth is fluent in Spanish with a good knowledge of French and German.
She currently holds the post of Principal of the UWI Open Campus and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Affairs), and is the Chair of the UWI Press Board. She was made an Honorary Fellow of the Commonwealth of Learning in 2016, and is an active mentor in their WiseWomen female leadership programme across the Commonwealth.