A vice principal at Lowestoft College has announced she is taking early retirement after 10 years responsible for corporate resources.

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Teresa Miller’s announcement comes after she had agreed last month to take a leave of absence to allow a confidential internal process to be carried out.

Last month fellow vice principal Philip Belden and college principal Simon Summers also agreed to take leaves of absences, with Mr Summers then announcing he was to stand down after four years at the helm.

In announcing her retirement Ms Miller said: “I have enjoyed my time at the college and will miss the staff and students.

“No two days were the same so it was always challenging, but the time has come for a new start and the reorganisation has allowed me to move on.

“I am sure that the college will continue to strengthen and forge ahead serving the local community to the best of its ability.”

In her role she was responsible for finance, human resources, management information, IT, health and safety, the estates department, work based learning and two nurseries

She helped to secure £18m of capital funding, including improved hotel and catering training facilities, a process engineering facility and the new Lound campus.

Richard Perkins, chairman of the Lowestoft College Corporation, said: “The board of governors and staff would like to thank Teresa for her hard work and dedication over the last 10 years and wish her every success in her future endeavours.” The announcement of the leaves of absence last month followed an external consultant’s report that said the college was not implementing improvements fast enough following an Ofsted inspection last June.

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