***Updated, 9am Friday 26 Nov.***
New UCCI Board Chairman Gilbert McLean issued a press release confirming the departure of UCCI President and CEO Stacy McAfee.
McLean said an interim President and CEO will be appointed until a new hire is made. The position will be advertised locally and overseas.
View the press release here:
The leader of the University College of the Cayman Islands is stepping down at the end of 2021 when her three-year contract expires.
UCCI President and CEO Stacy McAfee said in a letter to staff Wednesday that she and her family will leave the country in December.
“I will be concluding my tenure as President and CEO of UCCI at the end of my contract on December 31st, which coincides with the end of my three-year contract,” she said.
An official announcement is expected from UCCI soon.
McAfee and UCCI VP of Academic Affairs J.D. Mosley-Matchett recently appeared on EdBeat to discuss the university’s ongoing SACS accreditation process and how it fits into UCCI’s 5-year strategic plan.
Last September, McAfee sat down with the Current to talk about UCCI’s growth and the vision for Cayman’s public university.
McAfee succeeded Roy Bodden as UCCI president. Bodden had served since October 2009.
Prior to Bodden’s appointment, Hassan Syed was UCCI president from 2006-2008. During his tenure, Syed stole more than $500,000 from the university.
Syed lied about his qualifications to secure the position, fled the country in early 2008, and eventually was located in Switzerland and extradited back to Cayman in 2014.
In 2017 Syed was convicted on 12 counts, and in 2019 he was sentenced to eight years in prison.