Susan Dougan
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Susan Dougan

Dame Susan Dilys Dougan,[1] (née Ryan;[1][4] born 3 March 1955,[5][2] Colonarie, Saint Vincent[1]), is the Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines since 1 August 2019.[6][7] She is the first female Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.[8]

She was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George on 29 January 2020 [9] and was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's 2010 Birthday Honour List for services to education and to public administration.[10]

Early Life and education

Susan Dilys Dougan was born in the village of Colonarie in Saint Vincent. She holds a MA (ED) in Curriculum and Evaluation from the University of Southampton, Hampshire, England.


Dougan began her career as a non-graduate teacher. Over a 34-year career, Mrs. Dougan rose through the ranks of the teaching service to Principal of the St. Vincent Girls High School (2001-2004), and later served as Chief Education Officer from 2004 to 2009. She also served as Cabinet Secretary from October 2009 to September 2013.[11]

Mrs. Dougan has also served in several other national capacities such as Representative to the Organization of American States for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Representative to the Commonwealth of Learning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Chief Shelter Manager for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

She was appointed as the Governor-General's Deputy in December 2014. Mrs. Dougan was sworn in as the first female Governor-General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 1 August 2019. She was administered the oaths of Office and Allegiance by High Court Justice Brian Cottle during a ceremony witnessed by state officials as well as relatives, friends, and the media.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e Profile,; accessed 18 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Governor General". Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Retrieved .
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  4. ^ "Saint Vincent and the Grenadines". Retrieved .
  5. ^ Governor General,; accessed 18 July 2020.
  6. ^ "SVG's First Female Head of State Sworn In". 1 August 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ McLeod, Sheri-Kae (August 1, 2019). "St. Vincent and the Grenadines Gets First Female Governor-General". Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "St Vincent and the Grenadines has first female Governor General". 1 August 2019. Retrieved 2019.
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  11. ^ "About Susan Dougan". Caribbean Elections. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "SVG gets first female Governor-General on Aug. 1". Retrieved 2020.
Government offices
Preceded by
Frederick Ballantyne
Governor-General of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

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