Dr. Stacy R. McAfee took office as President and CEO of the University College of the Cayman Islands on January 1st, 2019. Prior to that, she served as the Associate Vice President for External Relations, Strategic Partnerships and Presidential Initiatives for University of the Pacific, a selective nationally-ranked (#110) university in California. Dr. McAfee led business, government and community relations advancing corporate, foundation, educational, alumni and government relations across Northern California. The strategic partnerships she established bolstered experiential learning, philanthropy, new program development, career placement, and faculty research. As a member of the president’s cabinet, she led presidential initiatives including the clarification of institutional core values in 2017.
Prior to joining University of the Pacific, Dr. McAfee led University of Phoenix’s Bay Area campus that served over 4,000 students in the San Francisco Bay Area online and at various campus sites. She directed admissions, academic affairs, student services, operations, alumni relations, and financial services. Under her direction, the campus received national recognition for multi-faceted performance excellence. Prior to her Bay Area campus leadership position, she directed academic affairs for University of Phoenix’s West Region leading regulatory, legal, and academic quality assurance for 11 campuses. Dr. McAfee has more than 30 years of leadership experience with a variety of public and private organisations across various industries. She served on the executive board of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Capitol Public Radio board and Joint Venture Silicon Valley and as an executive with the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. She has served on the faculty of institutions of higher education including DePaul University, Elmhurst College, University of Phoenix, St. Charles Community College, and College of DuPage. Dr. McAfee serves as a speaker, subject matter expert, and regular contributor for panels, events, and interviews.
Dr. McAfee holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University, an MBA from DePaul University, a Bachelor in Business Administration from Iowa State University, and an Associate of Arts from Highland Community College. She is a member of American Leadership Forum Mountain Valley Chapter and Leadership Sacramento. She is passionate about improving educational and career outcomes for traditional students and working adults. Dr. McAfee believes that access to quality education enables both personal and professional development and is essential to sustained economic growth, civic leadership, and innovation. In addition to enjoying mentoring and developing others, she is actively engaged in her community supporting various non-profits and her church. She and her husband Terry have been married for 32 years and have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.