Dr. Jerrol Thompson
Former Cabinet Minister, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Jerrol Thompson is a politician and Former Cabinet Minister in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Early life and education
Jerrol Thompson was born in Chateaubelair and attended St. Vincent & the Grenadines Grammar School. Later, he went on to study at St. Georges University School of Medicine. His passion for medicine and personal drive led him to the United States where he became a specialist in Internal Medicine at the Methodist Hospital of New York. To continue his expansive knowledge of medicine, he was awarded with a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey USA.
Having excelled in the US as a medical specialist, Dr. Thompson turned his interest to business and obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University. His extensive knowledge of medicine and business converged when he opened his own private practice in the United States.
In 1999, he returned to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and ran successfully for the North Leward seat on a Unity Labour Party (ULP) ticket. Hewas appointed Minister of Telecommunications, Science, Technology and Industry for Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on 17 April 2001. He retained his seat in the 2005 election and continued as Minister until 9 November 2011. In the 2010 general election, he lost his seat to Roland Matthews of the New Democratic Party (NDP).
Outside of his government service, Dr. Thompson has also become a leader in the business and communications industry. Between 2005 and 2007, he served as the President of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU).