After 26 years at the helm of Selby College, Principal & Chief Executive Allan Stewart OBE has announced his plans to retire at the end of the academic year, after more than 40 years in education.
Allan worked as a Senior Education Officer at North Yorkshire County Council and was an Academic staff member at the University of Manchester before joining Selby College. He began his career in education at a Merseyside Comprehensive School and also worked at colleges in Lancashire – Preston College and Leigh College. The Principal was awarded an OBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for his services to local and national Further Education in 2009.
Speaking of his retirement plans, Allan said: “I am so pleased to be in a position to leave our community with such a wonderful college campus and will obviously be very sorry to leave the College that I love and also the many colleagues and friends, whom I so admire. However, I feel this summer is the right time for me to now retire. I will have been in the all-consuming role of Principal for 26 years, which is far longer than the average college Principal!
“I would like to thank colleagues, former staff and students for all their support in building one of the top colleges in the country, of which we can all be truly proud. I intend to play my part in ensuring a smooth leadership transition, to facilitate the College in going from strength to strength.”
Vernon Wells MBE, Chair of Selby College Corporation added: “Selby College has been at the heart of Allan’s life since his appointment in 1992. Anybody who has ever met Allan could not possibly doubt his immense love, dedication and pride for Selby College. Over the years he has driven college forward and will be leaving us with an exceptional campus and very well placed to build on our history and our role in the community.”
The college has more than doubled in size in Allan’s time. It now has 220 Higher Education students, some at degree level, and delivers more than 800 Apprenticeships to local and regional employers.
Allan is especially proud of the redevelopment of the iconic campus, which was completed in 2010 and is widely regarded as one of the most attractive in the country: “When I arrived the college was spread over the town with Construction and Engineering in the town centre and the college using the premises of the former high school. We only had a small number of computers – BBC and Commodore PET. Staff used blackboards and overhead projectors, now they have interactive whiteboards! Today we have exceptional IT facilities as a Centre of Excellence.”
Published: Thursday 29 Mar 2018