College takes no action over principal

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NO FURTHER action is to be taken at a college whose first female principal was suspended last year.

Judith McArthur was suspended from Chesterfield College as chief executive and principal over a ‘management issue’ last July and an investigation was launched.

The college has now confirmed she is to retire in March, and no action will proceed. Frank Smith, chairman of the college corporation board, said: “Following a thorough investigation over several months it has been decided not to proceed with any action.

“Judith reaches 60 in March and is retiring as she originally intended.”

Ms McArthur’s suspension was the second of a principal at Chesterfield College in four years.

Former principal Ian Murray was suspended in December 2007 following concerns about the management of a £37m development project. He left two months later.

Ms McArthur was appointed to the college in 1996 as curriculum director. She became vice principal in 2000 and principal in July 2008 after serving for six months as acting principal. Mr Smith added: “During her time at the college she presided over four successful Ofsted Inspections. Judith built up an excellent knowledge of the college as a whole and became a well-known and respected figure.

“During the last 12 months of her employment Judith encountered a series of personal family illnesses and subsequent bereavements. Judith leaves in March with best wishes for the future.”

Trevor Clay has been acting principal at the college, which has 8,000 pupils across several sites, since July.