Town's college boss found dead

A DONCASTER college boss has been found dead at the bottom of cliffs in a seaside town.

The college's vice-principal for strategy and planning, Kevin Goodinson, was found at the foot of cliffs off the Abbey Headland, Whitby.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious and say it is not known whether he fell or jumped.

Mr Goodinson, who lived in Rotherham, joined the college in October 2004.

Dozens of condolence messages left on the college's website pay tribute to his sense of humour and management skills.

In a statement, a college spokesman said: "Kevin will be greatly missed. He leaves a huge gap that will be impossible to fill. Our deepest sympathies go to his relatives and closest friends at this saddest of times."

Former principal George Holmes, who recruited Mr Goodinson to Doncaster College, said: "Kevin was a pleasure to work with, a bright, funny, articulate individual with a speed of mind and a grasp of issues which in my experience is seldom found.

"Kevin had the capacity, in my view, to achieve the very highest professional ambitions. He was, had he chosen to be, a principal in the making. He will be irreplaceable at Doncaster I am sure.

"His loss is a tragedy, the world will be a poorer place for his passing, but was a rich place to be when he was around.

"His ability to laugh at himself, and along with others, will be an enduring memory for me."

In 2005 Mr Goodinson appeared on TVs The Weakest Link, winning the show and landing a cash prize of more than 2,000.

Dr Holmes added: "I remember how we celebrated and laughed as we watched repeatedly the video of his appearance on the TV show The Weakest Link, and I recall with much affection his addiction to Scooby Doo."

His death is the latest blow in a difficult year for the college.

Earlier this year principal Rowland Foote and finance director Tony Myers were suspended amid a probe into the college's financial management, and the college abandoned a restructuring plan that would have seen 140 lecturing jobs axed.

Mr Foote later resigned and was replaced by interim principal John Taylor, while Bill Webster - one of two deputy principals at the college - left the institution.

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