Dr. Kenroy Wedderburn
From the Islands to the High Plains
Dr. Kenroy Wedderburn grew up and started his academic career in a place that is as different from the high plains of West Texas as one can get. Wedderburn grew up in Kingston, Jamaica where he graduated from high school and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computing and Management from the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH). He later earned his M.B.A. in Finance from Pace University and his Doctorate in Business Administration, majoring in Information Technology Management from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.
Wedderburn’s background is a varied one. His main concentrations include Finance (which includes Life Insurance), Information Technology and Information Technology Management. He served as the Information Technology Director at one organization in Jamaica before becoming a senior manager at on of the country’s major financial institutions.
“After that I was Chief Executive Officer for four years at a major public sector agency – and during my four-year tenure I and my team accomplished many feats – including winning the most improved public sector entity in Customer Service from among about 200 other entities! We also implemented major business process improvement initiatives – one which cut service time for a transaction from over two hours to just fifteen minutes!”
It was toward the end of his tenure as CEO that Wedderburn saw that Wayland had a position open for an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, so he applied.
What Wedderburn likes best about Wayland is its “quiet, peaceful, Christian setting.”
“I love the faculty in the School of Business – very nice people to work with. They made my on-boarding effortless and pain-free,” Wedderburn recalled.
In addition to his public sector work, Wedderburn has spent over 15 years teaching and lecturing MIS and other related business courses and graduate and undergraduate levels, in addition to supervising MSC and M.B.A. students’ thesis preparations.
“I love to see that ‘Eureka!’ moment in the students’ eyes when they have gotten a concept,” Wedderburn said.