AN investigation into the suspension of Chesterfield College’s first female principal is still ongoing.
As revealed in the Derbyshire Times, Judith McArthur’s abrupt departure in July was confirmed as a suspension over a “management issue”.
Unusually, an official statement from the institution at the time rejected as ‘unfounded’ any inference the suspension was due to financial irregularity.
This week the college said a probe, understood to be by an internal investigator reporting back to the college corporation, was continuing.
Mrs McArthur’s deputy, Trevor Clay, is currently acting principal.
Her suspension was the second of a principal at the Infirmary Road college – where 8,000 people study – in under four years.
Former college principal Ian Murray was suspended in December 2007 following concerns about the management of a £37m development project. He ‘left’ two months later.