THE chairman of Chesterfield College has released a statement saying its principal’s suspension is a ‘management issue’.
Frank Smith spoke out this morning as debate over Judith McArthur’s suspension two weeks ago continued to put a spotlight on the institution.
The statement was sent out after days of silence from the college on the issue.
In it Mr Smith, chairman of the college’s corporation governing body, said: “I would like to make the college’s position clear in regard to recent reports regarding the absence of Mrs McArthur from the college.
“To infer that Mrs McArthur’s suspension is due to financial irregularity is completely unfounded and untrue.
“Mrs McArthur’s suspension from college is a management issue and will not affect any part of the excellent student experience that we offer.
“It is not possible to go into further detail on Mrs McArthur’s situation as it is a confidential matter.
“In the meantime the Corporation Board has full confidence in the acting principal Trevor Clay who will take care of the day to day running and management of the college.
“It is business as usual at the college in preparation for the next academic year.”
Former college principal Ian Murray was suspended in 2008 following concerns about the management of a major £37m development project at the college. He ‘left’ the organisation two months later.
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