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B-Met College announce Dame Braddock will retire at end of academic year
10:50am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
BIRMINGHAM Metropolitan College, which incorporates the former Stourbridge College, has announced principal Dame Christine Braddock planned to retire before the storm over the ban on Muslim veils erupted.
College chiefs stressed Dame Braddock decision to retire at the end of this academic year is not a resignation.
Several members of staff were informed about the departure on Friday and on Monday B-Met confirmed she will retire in 2014, at the end of the academic year, following a new appointment to her role as principal and chief executive.
A B-MET spokesman said: “Dame Braddock will retire after seventeen years as principal and chief executive of the largest further education college in the country.
“During this time she has led the organisation through a period of significant development, achieving recognition for her leadership in the New Year’s Honours List; as a mark of college’s success and her personal commitment to the economic regeneration of the region.
The college announced former KPMG boss Steve Hollis will be the new chairman after Vij Randeniya’s three year term finished.
Mr Hollis said: “The board has had a phased approach to succession planning, with my own appointment phase one is complete and now we will begin the search for a successor to Christine.
“She will continue in her role until the end of the academic year, to enable her to support her successor so a smooth, orderly transition can take place.”
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