VP Administration & Resource Development

Denise Salmon

Denise Salmon is Vice Principal for Administration and Resource Development of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA) since 2007. In this capacity, Salmon ensures that major aspects of the College’s operational resources are optimally deployed in support of the vision and mission.

As Vice Principal, Salmon has developed a number of administrative and procedural policies, facilitated the expansion of the Student Services Department, and initiated reforms in the Finance and Accounts Department. She has overseen the implementation of a new student management system, wireless network system and the establishment of a sports day for staff and students. In 2009, she facilitated extension of the College’s annual summer school programme to include an integrated programme at the Portmore Community College.

Prior to serving at the Edna Manley, Salmon served in the Ministry of Local Government as corporate planner and has also managed the secretariat for a project to establish Portmore as a municipality. Collaborating with several stakeholders, Salmon implemented an extensive public education campaign on municipal status and facilitated establishment of a legal framework for the municipality. She also facilitated the preparation of new offices, assisted in the establishment of the organization structure, and served as the first secretary manager for the municipality. Salmon was also invited to sit on a Ministry of Finance committee that initiated writing of the first procurement handbook and has served as Director of Finance and Administration at the National Gallery of Jamaica.

Salmon is also an artist and educator. She has conducted workshops in basketry weaving for the Urban Development Corporation and for women in rural Jamaica who produce baskets for the tourism industry and has also produced artwork for local and international entities including Sandals Hotel. Her interest in community development has also led her to mentor less privileged students on the best path for educational success. At the EMCVPA, Salmon was invited to review the B.A. in Arts Management Degree prior to its implementation and currently lectures on that programme. Her research interests include cultural policy and its impact on national development. Her work has been  presented at previous stagings of the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference as well Research Day.

Salmon holds a diploma in textiles from the Cultural Training Centre (now the EMCVPA), a BSC in Political Science and a MBA from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She has studied local government economic development and has earned a postgraduate certificate in fiscal decentralization and local government financial management from Duke University in North Carolina. She has also received World Bank training in procurement procedures.


  •     Student Services
  •     Information Technology
  •     Multimedia Services
  •     Procurement
  •     Marketing
  •     Assets and Facilities Management
  •     Information Technology
  •     Chair, Special Functions Committee