College Profile

A. Wesley Powell, Founder

Dr. Hon. Aston Wesley Powell

Thomas Edward Dwyer, First Principal

 Ted E. Dwyer

Dr. Dahlia Repole, Second Principal

 Dr. Dahlia Reploe


Dr. Nadine Scott

Mr. Philmore McCarthy, Current Principal

 Mr. Philmore McCarthy

Brief History of the College

The Excelsior Education Centre (EXED) Complex was developed as a community institution to provide educational training and services “from the cradle to the grave.” The EXED Group of Schools comprise a Pre-Primary School, Primary School, Secondary High School and Community College.

The Excelsior Community College is the tertiary level of the Excelsior Education Centre (EXED).

Excelsior was founded by Dr. Hon. Aston Wesley Powell on January 19, 1931 with five students on the verandah of his parents’ house in Campbell Town, Kingston. By the 1970’s, the school had grown to almost two thousand (2000) students and was then situated on Mountain View Avenue in Eastern Kingston.  The institution was acquired by the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas in 1950 and the Church has since been an integral part of the development of the complex of schools.

With adult education at the Centre, a pilot project geared to the training of teachers for the Secondary School system, commenced in 1971. In 1972, what later  developed into the Evening Division of the College was added.

In 1974, the Community College was formally launched, under the leadership of Mr. Thomas E. Dwyer. Both day (full time) and evening (part-time) programmes including Teacher Training , Nursing Education, Business Education (including Secretarial Studies) and
Pre-University Education were added.  The latter absorbed the existing sixth form of the Excelsior High School.  In 1978 a Library Technical Assistant (LTA) Programme was introduced.

Classes were held on the Excelsior High School campus until the 1979-1980 academic year when the College moved into its own premises on lands adjoining the High School.


The following represents a breakdown of the historical developments in the life of the College:


Intermediate Continuing Education Programme (ICEP) started.


Teacher Training & Nursing Education discontinued by Government


Registered Nursing Programme re-established (private)


Computer Studies (Diploma) Programme started


Government support for Registered Nursing Programme resumed


Cosmetology Department established


Day and Evening Divisions merged


Technical, Vocational and Entrepreneurial Department established


Satellite Campus established in Morant Bay, St. Thomas


First awards of Associate Degrees (Business Studies)


Tourism, Hospitality and Entertainment Management Programme commenced


Performing Arts Department established


Founding Principal retired


Second Principal Dahlia Repole assumed duties


Academic Board launched


Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science launched


Alumni Association launched


Community Empowerment Programme launched


New site for Wesley Grove, St. Thomas Campus received from Methodist Church


The Tourism, Hospitality and Entertainment Management Department relocated to  Campus at 20 Camp Road, Kingston


University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) accredited five programmes in the Computer Studies Department


Programmes in Tourism, Hospitality and Entertainment Management University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) accreditation

2009 Programmes in Business Studies received UCJ accreditation
2009 Second Principal, Dahlia Repole, PhD, retired
2009 Third Principal, Nadine Scott, PhD, assumed duties
2010 Week-end College started
2010 Associate Degree Programme in Library Technical Studies received UCJ accreditation
2012 School of Performing Arts relocated to 95 Church Street, Kingston
2013 School of Engineering, Logistics and Built Environment moved to 68B Deanery Road, Kingston 3
2014 Third Principal, Nadine Scott, PHD, retired
2014 First Chairman of the Committee of Management demitted office
2014 Appointment of new Chairman of the Committee of Management, Mrs. Patricia Sinclair McCalla.                                                      
2014 Fourth Principal, Philmore McCarthy assumed duties.



The College operates from five campuses:

1. The Main Campus situated at 137 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 3 (Website:, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) houses the:

      i) Faculty of Business Management

  •  School of Business and Entrepreneurial Studies

      ii) Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering

  •  School of Computer Studies
  •  School of Engineering Logistics and Built Environment

      iii) Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education

  •  School of Liberal Arts and Humanities,
  •  School of Library Technical Education
  •  School of Education  and Workforce Development

      iv) Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

  •  School of Cosmetology
  •  School of Natural Sciences
  •  School of Environmental Studies and Life Sciences
  •  School of Nursing

2. The School of Tourism, Hospitality and Entertainment Management, located at 20 Camp Road Kingston 4 (e-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.),  is   included under the Faculty of Business Management

3. The St. Thomas Campus comprises:

i) The Wesley Grove site in Port Morant

ii) The Princess Margaret Hospital in Morant Bay which hosts the Enrolled Assistant Nursing (EAN) Programme is included under the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences.

4. The School of Performing Arts located at 95 Church Street,
Kingston, is included under the Faculty of Humanities.

5. The School of Engineering Logistics and Built Environment located at 68B Deanery Road; Kingston 3 is included under the Faculty of 

Computer Science and Engineering

Excelsior Community College is one of eight Community Colleges that form part of the tertiary system that is partly funded by the Ministry of Education..

Decision Making and Monitoring Mechanism

As a publicly owned Methodist institution, the College is governed by a Committee of Management (COM) comprising representatives of the Church, Ministry of Education, staff, students, community, as well as the
Principal and Bursar. Select members of the COM sit on the EXED Board of Management which oversees the affairs of all the Schools in the EXED Complex.

The Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ)

All eight Community Colleges are governed by the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica Act (2001) which established the Council as a statutory body. The functions of the Council include:

  •  determining conditions for the holding of examinations leading to the award of degrees, diplomas, certificates or other awards to persons who have pursued an approved course of study;
  •  considering, recommending and approving the curricula; and
  •  examining and assessing the work of students in training.

Academic Board

The Academic Board is the academic authority of the College and has responsibility for academic affairs. Its responsibilities include the development and monitoring of academic policy, standards, and instruction. This body is chaired by the Vice Principal, Academic Affairs and its members include all Heads of Schools and other administrators, representatives of industries, and other tertiary institutions.


The Excelsior Community College is committed to excellence in the quality and  delivery of its programmes. ECC has been classified as an ‘A’ College by the Ministry of Education and is registered with the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ).

Officers of The College

The Principal is the Chief Executive Officer of the College and is responsible to the Committee of Management for the overall organization and operation of the institution. The Principal chairs the Executive Committee of Management which includes the Vice Principals, Deans, Human Resource Director, Bursar, Registrar and Director of Infrastructural Development  and Plant Management.

The Vice Principal of Academic Affairs and Institutional Advancement reports to the Principal and has primary responsibility for the academic policies and standards of the institution, including leading the accreditation process.

The Vice Principal of Student Affairs reports to the Principal and has primary responsibility for recruitment, registration, records management, discipline, security and general welfare of students.

The Dean of Academic Affairs/Time Tabling Officer has responsibility for load scheduling and other academic matters as delegated by the Vice Principal, Academic Affairs.

Deans of Faculties

Each of the four (4) faculties is headed by a Dean who reports to the Vice Principal of Academic Affairs and Institutional Advancement. Each Dean is primarily responsible for:

a) providing leadership in the development and maintenance of excellence in the schools within the faculty.

b) monitoring the activities within the schools.

c) preparing the budget for the faculty in keeping with the plans and programmes

The Deans of Student Development and Student Services

Both Deans assist  the Vice Principal, Student Affairs in the  development and provision of student services including leadership training.

The Human Resource and Administration Director is responsible for the management of the College’s human resources. Functions include recruitment, retention and staff development.

The Bursar is the Chief Financial Officer of the College and is responsible for the general administration and control of the financial and business affairs of the institution.

The Registrar reports to the Vice Principal, Student Affairs and has responsibility for managing the admission, registration, and records of
students.The Registrar also has responsibility for the administration of examinations which is  delegated to the Coordinator of the Examination Centre/ Director of Examination and Assessment Services.                              

The Director, Infrastructural Development and Plant Management  is responsible for the development and maintenance of all sites an the provision of a safe and sanitary environment for the College’s students, staff and bonafide visitors.

Heads of Schools

Each School is headed by a Principal Lecturer whose responsibilities include the following:

a)      planning, guiding, monitoring and evaluating the performance of staff and students in the School;

b)      providing fair representation of the School and student opinions and concerns to  the Administration;

c)       communicating opinions and decisions of Administrative Officers to members of the School; and

d)      providing academic advice to students.