College head announces his retirement

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The principal of Northampton College has announced his intention to retire at the end of the current academic year.

Len Closs, who has been in charge of the college since 2002, has said he feels the “time is right” to step down.

Mr Closs was appointed principal of Northampton College in February 2002, having previously been acting principal for a period of ten months.

Mr Closs has worked in further education for 35 years and was appointed vice principal at Northampton College in 1996.

In 2004, he led the process of merging with Daventry Tertiary College, which is now Northampton College’s Daventry Centre.

Mr Closs said: “I felt that for both personal and professional reasons it was the right time to make the move. I’ve really enjoyed the job and loved working in a college with lots of great people. I’m very lucky that I’ve had an uninterrupted career doing something I’ve really enjoyed.

“What I’m most proud of is improving the quality of education at the college over a number of years. We have steadily increased our success rates year after year. It has been an enormous privilege to be principal. It has not always been an easy job but overall I’ve enjoyed every minute.”

The college has begun a search for Mr Closs’s successor and the post of principal will be advertised from tomorrow (Friday).