D&A College principal reveals plan to retire

Christina Potter, D&A College principal
Christina Potter, D&A College principal

Dundee and Angus College principal Christina Potter has announced that she is to retire a year earlier than originally planned.

The former Dundee College principal was given the role of leading the merger of Dundee and Angus colleges in March 2013, and has been in charge of the new D&A College ever since.

She will step down on August 1 of this year. Discussing her decision, Ms Potter explained: “When I took on the role I had intended to remain at the college until August 2016; however, I have decided that the end of this academic year is the right time for me to retire. “The last few years have been both challenging and exciting and I feel very proud of what we have achieved.”

She continued: “The college is in very good shape and is highly regarded and respected by all who work with us. Our staff are highly motivated and exceptionally talented, always putting students first and ensuring that they achieve very high levels of success.

“The last few years have been very eventful with the build-up to the merger, closely followed by an exceptionally successful Education Scotland inspection.

“This academic year will conclude much of the transition and integration that merger brought about and, from August the College will move into a new phase and will require renewed energy and innovation to meet its 2020 vision and ambitions.”

Ms Potter added: “I believe that the time will be right for a new principal to lead this phase and, after 32 years in the sector and 18 years as a principal, I will be more than content to hand over the reins to my successor.”

Christina took over as principal of Dundee College in 2007, having been principal at Elmwood College in Fife.

It was during Christina’s tenure that the state-of-the-art Gardyne Campus was completed and opened for business in 2011 – a project costing just shy of £50 million.

The college board paid tribute to the principal’s achievements. Angela McCusker, chair of the board, said: “Christina is an exceptional leader, and the college is recognised as an exemplar in the sector. The merger process has gone very smoothly, and Christina leaves the college in a very strong position for her successor. Myself, and the board would like to thank Christina for leading a dynamic and successful college, and wish her every happiness in her retirement.”