New Year Honour For College Principal
Derby College Principal David Croll has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list in recognition for his services to education.
David, who since being appointed Principal at Derby Tertiary College: Wilmorton in July 1995, has led in the transformation of further education in the city and surrounding area.
Wilmorton merged with Mackworth and Broomfield Hall colleges in 2002 to form Derby College which is now one of the largest and most successful further education colleges in the UK. It then merged with South East Derbyshire College in February 2010.
David’s vision for creating 21st century learning facilities for students has led to the development of such iconic campuses as the Joseph Wright Centre A level and creative arts centre and The Roundhouse – the award-winning £48 million development of vocational facilities with the world’s largest restored roundhouse at its heart.
David (59), who lives in Ashbourne, said: “I am obviously delighted to accept the OBE on behalf of everyone at Derby College who has worked so hard over the years and continues to do so to make this an astounding centre of excellence for further education.
“Having brought four colleges together under the Derby College banner and ethos over the years, raised standards and invested heavily in developing state of the art facilities for our staff and students, this is a wonderful testament to the recognition and value that is put on our achievements.”
Derby College Chair of Governors Janet Morgan concluded: “David has taken a lead role within the education sector to bridge the gap between employers, education and training – listening to and engaging with local businesses in planning educational provision which has recognised and addressed the skills gaps that many of them had experienced.
“His commitment to high standards in education – whether by working in partnership with other organisations or investing in first class facilities – has led Derby College to be at the heart of the city’s successful regeneration and this is well-deserved recognition for him and the College as a whole.”
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