A LONG-STANDING college Principal has retired due to ill health.
John Callaghan stepped down with immediate effect last week after leading Solihull College and University Centre for the past seven years.
John said: “I am so very proud of the magnificent way my teaching staff have kept their focus on our students and dealing with them through the pandemic.
“I’d also like to acknowledge my extremely professional support staff who have worked so hard keeping everything going. You have all inspired me and it has been a great privilege to lead such a fantastic college.
“I leave the college in strong capable hands and I wish you all every success.
“I will monitor progress as long as I am able to and after 33 years in Further Education, I can tell you that this College is amongst the best in England.
“The best tonic for me is to see record enrolments and all areas delivering high quality education to our students.”
Key successes during John’s time as Principal, amongst many others, include the College’s ‘Good’ Ofsted rating in 2016, steering the College through the merger with Stratford-upon-Avon College in 2018 and leading the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Institute of Technology since 2019.
As a result of John’s retirement, the Governors have appointed Lindsey Stewart as Acting Principal.
Recruitment for a new Principal will take place early in the New Year.