Aylesbury College appoints new leader

Karen Mitchell, Aylesbury College's new principal
Karen Mitchell, Aylesbury College's new principal
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Aylesbury College has appointed a new principal to take over when Pauline Odulinski retires in September.

Karen Mitchell, pictured, is currently vice principal and has worked at the college for 14 years.

She first joined as a lecturer in health and social care, where she drew on her considerable past experience as a trauma nurse to share real world insights with students.

Since then she has risen up through the college’s ranks. She was curriculum manager and director of quality and student services, before becoming vice principal in 2010.

Nick Jepson, chair of the board of governors, said: “All of the governors are delighted at Karen’s appointment and we are confident that Karen is the right person to lead the team and take the College forward.”

Karen takes over from Pauline Odulinski, who retires at the end of the summer and has been principal of Aylesbury College for 14 years.

Under her leadership the college has extended its facilities, expanded its curriculum and deepened ties with local businesses.

Karen said: “Having worked here for many years, I’m hugely proud of Aylesbury College and all that it offers. The college is helping so many young people in the area develop their skills and knowledge, and prepare themselves for the world of work.

“It is wonderful to not only be part of that, but to be tasked with the responsibility of taking the college forward.”

“Pauline has been a wonderful person to work with and to learn from. She is leaving a great legacy which I am absolutely committed to building on.”