Saturday, October 21, 2006

Methody head resigns

Someone got to the story before I did and added a comment to a previous post ... but the head of Methodist College has resigned.

The Belfast Telegraph explains:

The first woman principal of one of Ulster's most prestigious grammar schools is to resign after just 10 months … Cecilia Galloway … issued a letter to her staff [on Friday] morning revealing she will resign on October 31. She made history last January when she became the first woman to take up the high-profile post.

The move comes after weeks of speculation she was set to quit, rumours which she denied to the Belfast Telegraph and reports of staff unhappiness with her management style and comparisons to Sir Alan Sugar - criticisms she strongly refuted.

UTV’s online news adds detail:

In a statement Ms Galloway, who relocated from England to take up the post, said she had taken the decision because of problems with buying and selling property and the management of her husband’s business interests.

She thanked the Board of Governors for their support and wished the school every success in the future.

The governors said interim arrangements are being put in place to manage the school until a replacement is found.

It will be interesting to see what the interim arrangement is. Back at the end of August a rumour circulated that the previous principal Wilfred Mulryne was being lined up to stand in during any unsettling vacuum.

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