FAREWELL, then, Anthea Millett, inspiration of the Teacher Training Agency and friend of university education departments everywhere. She will leave the much-loved service at the end of the year, after seeing out her five-year contract.
At 58, she has decided 35 years of public service are enough. Also, as this week's TTA review reveals there is an "endemic, long-hours culture" at the agency.
Where will she go? Plenty of deans would send her to Siberia as thanks. In fact, Anthea is planning to travel and has booked a place on a cruise as a retirement present. She sets sail on January 3, 2000 - for Antarctica.
Won't it be a bit, well, chilly? With the masterly technique developed over five years of glossing over recruitment figures, she replies sweetly:
"Don't forget, it'll be summer down there."