A college principal will retire this summer after overseeing major building projects, attracting record numbers of students and topping regional league tables during his time at the helm.
Andrew Patience has had a busy time at New College Stamford since arriving in September 2010 from his role as deputy principal at Bury College.
The college had just missed out on significant funding for a complete rebuild so Mr Patience was challenged with making the best use of the existing facilities as well as boosting student numbers and improving opportunities.
He said: “I’m very proud of the achievements during my time here. The commitment and dedication of the staff, coupled with the enthusiasm and motivation of our students, has helped us develop and grow.”
Major development work during his time includes rebuilding the reception in 2011 and the current project with Burghley House Preservation Trust and Stamford AFC to create new sports facilities on Ryhall Road.
Money has been secured to improve opportunities for students with learning difficulties and to convert the old sports hall into a construction centre.
The college attracted a record number of students in September 2013 and topped this year’s league tables for the most points achieved per student in further education colleges in the East Midlands.
Mr Patience, 62, said: “It’s the right time to go as plans for the future of the college are secure. It’s better to go when people say ‘why don’t you stay another year?’ than to wait until they say ‘why didn’t you leave before?”
Mr Patience will retire to Anglesey with his wife Kris. He plans to spend more time walking, cycling and visiting family, including his first grandchild who was born last week.
Chair of governors Pat Terrey said “Andrew’s leadership has made a significant impact on the success of the college.”