The long-serving principal of Newbury College is to retire at the end of 2017 after 16 years in the role.
Anne Murdoch was the college’s first female principal when she took over the job in 2001, having previously been in the deputy role at the Farnborough College of Technology.
During that time she oversaw the college’s relocation from Oxford Road to its current site in Monks Lane, as well as the development of campus facilities to include a sports hall, construction centre, training restaurant, and an engineering solutions laboratory.
The college, which Ofsted rated as ‘good’ in 2009, 2015 and 2017, is also preparing to open a new primary school – Highwood Copse – next year.
Dr Murdoch said: “It has been an honour and privilege to have spent most of my career within the education sector and my greatest joy to have served as principal and CEO of Newbury College for over 16 years.
“The staff, students and partners have been an inspiration and I will miss them greatly.
“Now that the college has another ‘good’ Ofsted inspection and is in a strong financial position, it’s a good time to hand over the leadership.
“The college is moving into an exciting new phase of development, with a new primary school planned and excellent facilities for science, technology, engineering and maths in place – I have no doubt it will go from strength to strength.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of my colleagues for their support over the years.”
Dr Murdoch will continue to work at the college on a part-time basis to help with the development of the primary school through to its opening, along with other campus projects.
It is expected that her successor will be in place from January 1, 2018.
Geoff Knappett, chairman of the college’s corporation board, said: “The governors express their sincere appreciation and gratitude for the way Anne has managed the college.
“Her drive and inspirational leadership have made a significant contribution to the college’s success and achievements over the years.
“She will be greatly missed by governors, staff, students and stakeholders alike and she will leave with our very best wishes.”