The Chair of the College Governing Body, Jacqui Henderson CBE, said: "I and all of the Governors are looking forward to working with Ian. Northumberland College and the Board are confident that, as a very experienced Principal, Ian will help to ensure that the College continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of students, business partners and the community.
"Ian brings a wealth of experience to the College having spent nearly 25 years as a Principal in many different colleges across the country and, for example, whilst Principal at Blackburn College, achieved the second only Ofsted Outstanding Award in every category in the country and was the first large college to do so.
Over the past four years ago, Ian has enjoyed working with several colleges and with many hundreds of new colleagues in the role of Interim Principal.
Jacqui added: "This is a challenging time for all colleges and Northumberland is very fortunate to have such an experienced Principal to lead the College."
Ian Clinton, commented: "I am honoured to be appointed as Principal, at such an exciting time for the College, as we seek to expand our range of opportunities for students and our local business and farming communities."
Northumberland College has invested over £14m in new facilities at its campuses in recent years, including a brand-new £2.5m STEM Centre for science, engineering and digital creative media.
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