College principal probe continues

Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2010 - Judith McArthur
Derbyshire Times Business Awards 2010 - Judith McArthur

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.