Marcus, who has been the college's Vice Principal for Enterprise
and Innovation and Kirkley Hall since 2010, will take up his new
position on 1 November 2014.
The vacancy arose after former Principal and Chief Executive,
Stuart Cutforth left Northumberland College earlier this month to
take up the position of Principal at Chesterfield College, a large
further education college in the East Midlands.
Jacqui Henderson CBE, Chair of Governors at Northumberland
College said: "The College's Governing Body and I are looking
forward to working with Marcus as our new Principal to take the
college forward to deliver a more enterprising and innovative
agenda and to continue to fulfil our ambitious aims and
"Marcus has 20 years of experience working in the education
sector, as well as strong commercial experience.
"During his four years at Northumberland College he has
transformed our Kirkley Hall Campus, developing the curriculum
offer to ensure an outstanding student experience and was pivotal
in the development of the commercial activities including Kirkley
Hall Zoological Gardens and the outdoor activity centre."
Before joining Northumberland College, Marcus was Head of
Faculty for Land-Based at South Staffordshire College's Rodbaston
campus in Penkridge for 11 years.
Marcus said: "I am delighted to be appointed as Principal and
CEO of Northumberland College.
"These are exciting times for the college and we are blessed to
have such a wonderful staff and student community which has always
been a hallmark of the college.
"Our priorities are very clear going forward, our focus will be
resolutely on serving the communities of Northumberland and beyond.
Delivering the right skills and training to ensure positive
outcomes for our students, with high levels of employer engagement
central to this.
"Northumberland is a wonderful county and we are committed to
engaging with students of all ages wherever they live."
Marcus will continue to build on the good foundations that the
college has established over the previous two years delivering high
quality learning experiences, establishing excellent working
relationships both inside the college with staff, students and the
governing body and externally with a whole range of key
stakeholders and partners.
The latest national league tables published by the government's
Skills Funding Agency position the college as fourth best
nationally for 16-18 long course student success rates and sixth
best nationally for all age long course student success rates.
The college is nearing completion of the £9.5 million campus
upgrade at its Ashington and Kirkley Hall campuses which has
created over 5,000m2 of new and refurbished facilities
for students and the community.
The photograph shows Principal Marcus Clinton and Chair of
Governors Jacqui Henderson CBE at the college's Ashington