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New role for Cumbernauld College Principal Martin McGuire

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 23:48 GMT on Monday, June 10th, 2013.

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McGuire has new role as Principal Designate for New College Lanarkshire.

INCUMBENT Cumbernauld College Principal Martin McGuire has now been appointed as the new Principal of Motherwell College as well as Principal Designate for the proposed New College Lanarkshire.

New College Lanarkshire will come into life in November and will support thousands of students across Lanarkshire, after the merger was supported between the boards of Cumbernauld and Motherwell colleges. 

Last week, however, Cumbernauld College Principal was appointed as the new Principal for Motherwell College and Principal Designate for the soon-to-be newly merged institution, and follows the departure of Motherwell College Principal Hugh Logan to the new Fife College.  

Martin will take up his new role at Motherwell immediately and he will join the new merged college, subject to approval of the merger by the Scottish Government from 1st November 2013, after spending the last eight months on secondment from his role as Principal of Cumbernauld College to interim Principal at Adam Smith College in Fife.

Commenting, Martin McGuire said he was “delighted to been offered this fantastic opportunity to create a new college.”

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He added: “I believe New College Lanarkshire will be one of the most successful and innovative colleges in the UK, with a committed and motivated staff.  

“We are entering a period of change for the college sector in Scotland and I am excited by the opportunities that this will present.  

“I am confident that New College Lanarkshire will build on the success of the merging colleges and will continue to deliver an excellent learning experience for the communities of Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire and beyond”.

Chair of Motherwell College Board of Management and the Merger Committee Alex Muirhead added: “I look forward to working closely with Martin and have no doubt that his strong leadership and sector expertise will lead us through the unprecedented changes currently facing the college sector.”

Martin McGuire, a chartered physicist, has over 24 years’ experience in the college sector, having initially lectured in electronics at Motherwell College, before moving to Cumbernauld College as a senior lecturer.  He held several management posts prior to taking up post of Principal and Chief Executive in 2007.

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