Jim Scrimshaw, the former chairman of the Association of Colleges, who held the show together after the removal of disgraced chief executive Roger Ward, triumphed in the new board elections.
Mr Scrimshaw, chair of Barking College and development director of GPT Telephone Cables Ltd, was the only governor candidate to reach three figures, polling 156 votes. Mr Scrimshaw was able to soothe AOC wounds after Mr Ward left. His resounding vote should ensure his election as chairman, although some in the sector would like to see the job going to a principal.
Colin Daniels, chair of Warrington Collegiate Institute, and a close associate of Mr Ward, has been re-elected. Michael Clegg, of Preston College, who had served on the board of the AOC and all its predecessors, came top of the principals' poll (with 102 votes, the only principal who reached three figures).
Former board member Barry Hawley, chair of New College, Durham, has not been re-elected and neither has Michael Blagden, principal of Southgate College in London. This result shows the biggest break with the past as Mr Blagden, vice-president of the Association of Principals of Colleges, masterminded the Roger Ward slate in the last elections.
There was a 70 per cent turn-out, with the votes of 13 colleges arriving too late to be counted. Jim Scrimshaw said: "I think it is healthy that we have a broad representation, that's a good platform from which to start. I am pleased about my personal vote and I think this reflects confidence in the sector that we are making a fresh start." The first meeting of the new board will take place on Tuesday.
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