Principal change made at Falkirk college

Ken Thomson
Ken Thomson

Forth Valley College has appointed Dr Ken Thomson as its new principal.

The current ‘number two’ will take charge when Principal Linda McKay retires at the end of July.

Hugh Hall, chairman of the board of management said: “We are delighted with the appointment and wish him well in his new post. Many people locally who have already worked with Ken recognise the energy, enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism he brings to every part of his role. The board is confident we have appointed a strong and effective leader to build on Linda’s legacy.”

Dr Thomson (52) began his career at what was then Falkirk College in 1994 as a lecturer in countryside management and later life sciences. He was appointed head of science in 2001 and director of learning services in 2003 before becoming associate principal of Forth Valley College in 2005 and depute principal in 2007.

He is a member of Scotland’s Colleges Future Leaders Forum, chairs the Stirling Strategic Learning Alliance and is a key player in the college’s involvement in Stirling’s Community Planning Partnership.