College appoints new chief Carol
Principal says opportunity was “irresistible”
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