Col­lege ap­points new chief Carol

Prin­ci­pal says op­por­tu­nity was “ir­re­sistible”

Ayrshire Post - - Festive Fayre - Stephen Hous­ton

The boss of a smaller col­lege in Dum­fries is tak­ing over the run­ning of Ayr­shire Col­lege.

Carol Turn­bull, 60 later this month, has been ap­pointed new prin­ci­pal and chief ex­ec­u­tive on up to £ 140,000 a year.

She re­places the re­tir­ing Heather Dunk and will be in charge of the equiv­a­lent of 750 staff.

Mrs Turn­bull lives in Glas­gow with her hus­band and comes from a mil­i­tary back­ground.

She was born in Hanover where her fa­ther was sta­tioned in the army and spent most of her child­hood in Sin­ga­pore, Ger­many and Eng­land.

Aged 17 she moved to Dum­fries and Gal­loway. She has run the county’s 9000- stu­dent col­lege for the past six years.

As a highly ex­pe­ri­enced Col­lege Prin­ci­pal, staff say she is fully aware of the cur­rent op­er­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment for col­leges in Scot­land and recog­nises the sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges in­volved in tak­ing for­ward a vi­brant and suc­cess­ful re­gional col­lege.

Last week we re­vealed up to 40 full- time posts are at risk due to fi­nan­cial con­straint.

The col­lege has three cam­puses in Ayr, Kil­marnock and Kil­win­ning.

Chair­man Wil­lie Mackie said: “Ayr­shire Col­lege is a very suc­cess­ful col­lege and the po­si­tion of Prin­ci­pal at­tracted some very strong can­di­dates from across the UK.

“We were look­ing for some­one to build on the great work that our cur­rent Prin­ci­pal has achieved. Some­one with am­bi­tion and drive to help us re­alise the vi­sion we have for the Col­lege lo­cally, re­gion­ally and na­tion­ally.

“Carol is cur­rently the Chair of the Col­leges Scot­land Prin­ci­pals’ Group and as Vice Chair of the Board of Col­leges Scot­land, has an ex­cel­lent un­der­stand­ing of the na­tional con­text for col­leges in Scot­land. She has built strong and im­por­tant re­la­tion­ships with key stake­hold­ers at a na­tional level and her pro­file within the Scot­tish con­text is high.

“I am very much look­ing for­ward to Carol tak­ing up her new role with us and will work with Heather and Carol to en­sure a smooth han­dover.”

Mrs Turn­bull said the op­por­tu­nity was “ir­re­sistible.” She said: “I am ex­cited to be join­ing a col­lege that al­ready has a suc­cess­ful rep­u­ta­tion for sup­port­ing learn­ers and its com­mu­ni­ties. I look for­ward to work­ing with the Board, staff, learn­ers and stake­hold­ers to build on that suc­cess and en­sure Ayr­shire Col­lege con­tin­ues to meet and ex­ceed the ex­pec­ta­tions of the re­gion and the sec­tor.”

New boss Carol Turn­bull, pic­tured three years ago

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