Emmanuel College has announced that Principal Dr Jane Thomson will be stepping down from the role in February 2020.
Dr Thomson has decided to retire as Principal to provide more support to her family in relation to ongoing health issues and increased caring responsibilities.
Council Chairman Stephen Howell thanked Dr Thomson for her efforts in leading the College since early 2018.
“Jane is a strong administrator, but it is her genuinely caring approach towards students and employees that has been the hallmark of her time at Emmanuel College,” he said.
Dr Thomson said that when she accepted the role as Principal she was deeply aware of maintaining the College’s rich history and tradition, while also ensuring it was a welcoming and protective environment for students from all walks of life.
“I enjoy interacting with all of our students, and feel proud that we have created an environment which acknowledges and accommodates the rich diversity of students within our College,” she said.
“I have loved my time here at Emmanuel, and I would like to thank the Council, my team, our alumni and supporters, and all of our students for the part they play in making this a great place to work, live and study.”
The College Council is undertaking a formal recruitment process to appoint a new Principal. Deputy Principal Louise Hallo will continue in her role, providing stability for students and support to the new Principal in 2020.
Mr Howell said the Council will be looking for a candidate who can build on the work of Dr Thomson and her team in ensuring Emmanuel College provides a home away from home where all students feel supported in their academic endeavours, as well as personally.