Four new top posts as ex-principal leaves

Adam Smith College

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FIFE’S new merged college is looking to appoint four senior executives who will pocket a combined salary of over £300,000.

The new vice-principal positions have been created by Hugh Logan, the man who will lead the merger of Adam Smith and Carnegie Colleges.

Headhunters have been hired to produce candidates who will earn around £310,000 for Mr Logan’s new structure which he pledged would set ‘‘the highest standards.’’

Salaries circa £80,000 have been offered for the posts in finance and planning, organisational change, and commercial development, while there is a pay day in the region of £90,000 for the new curriculum head.

The moves come as more people depart campus at St Brycedale.

It was confirmed this week that Ian Harrington, the suspended former interim principal, has left the college.

Sources say he may have gone several weeks ago - the Press has been contacted by a number of staff concerned at the lack of information. One described as ‘‘a wall of silence.’’

Mr Harrington moved into the hot seat in March 2012 following the suspension of Craig Thomson - his previous boss - but in September he too was suspended from his post to allow a full investigation into the use of European funding.

He has not returned to his desk - one of a number of senior staff to remain away from duty either under suspension or on gardening leave.

A college spokesman said the issues ‘‘had been resolved amicably’’ and Mr Harrington ‘‘left by mutual agreement.’’

On Friday, staff also found out if they were successful in their bids to get voluntary severance packages. Sources have told the Press around 30 to 35 staff may leave - some have already gone. The college would not comment on the figure.

The moves come just two months before Vesting Day on August 1 when the colleges formally merge.

Mr Logan said the merger meant a review of all current structures, and a recruitment drive launched across both colleges and externally ‘‘to identify the best possible candidates’’ for the new-look senior team..

Staff have been invited to have their say on the new proposed structure which ‘‘is still evolving.’’

He said: “The new structure is designed to ensure that the new college provides the highest standards for learners, Fife and the college sector.”