Principal named for college merger

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The PROPOSED merger of Dundee and Angus Colleges took a step forward on Friday, with the appointment of the Principal Designate of the new organisation.

Christina Potter, who has been principal at Dundee College since August 2007, was appointed by the Tayside Partnership Board, the body steering the merger process.

The new college will not officially come into being until ‘vesting day’ on November 1.

The appointment of the Principal Designate at this stage of the process is essential for the smooth transition prior to the launch of a brand new college.

Scotland’s longest serving college principal, John Burt, who will continue to lead Angus College until the ‘vesting day’, welcomed the appointment. He said: “I look forward to working closely with Christina Potter, the Joint Executive Team and Partnership Board to help lay the foundations of an ambitious new college for our part of Scotland and to ensuring our current Angus College students continue to have the highest quality learning experience at this time of change.”

Principal Potter has spent almost 30 years in the college sector, working both in England and Scotland.

Starting as a lecturer in computing and moving on to a variety of management posts, she has worked in a wide range of college settings, including large inner city institutions and small, rural colleges.

Before moving into further education, the principal had a successful career in the computing industry, spent mainly with ICL but including posts at RBS and Scottish & Newcastle Breweries. She holds professional computing qualifications and is a full member of the British Computing Society. In 1996, she completed an MBA (with Distinction) at Warwick University.

She has served on a number of Scottish Funding Council Committees including the Collaboration and Mergers Advisory Committee, the Further Education Student Support Advisory Group and the Working Group on Funding and is currently a member of the Court of Dundee University.

Principal Potter concluded: “It is a great privilege to be appointed to lead the new college following the merger which I am confident will create a truly outstanding institution for the communities of Dundee and Angus.”