Neil Garry will take up his role as John McGlashan
College's new principal in January next year. Photo by
Neil Garry is keeping his cards close to his chest over
his future plans for John McGlashan College after being
appointed as the school's new principal yesterday.
The Dunedin-born 54-year-old is not due to take over from
present principal Mike Corkery until January next year, and
he said it would be inappropriate to reveal his hand until
after Mr Corkery's departure.
Mr Garry is the college's deputy principal, and has taught at
the school since 1986, during which time he has been head of
several departments, the boarding hostel manager, assistant
principal (1997-2001) and deputy principal since 2001.
John McGlashan College Board of Trustees chairman Barry Kelk
said Mr Garry was chosen after a ''thorough and exhaustive''
selection process over several months, from which he clearly
stood out as a leader and educator.
Mr Kelk said there were 15 applicants for the position, from
throughout New Zealand and several from Australia, and he was
impressed with the calibre of those who applied.
''Mr Garry has the unanimous support of his new employer, the
board of trustees, and we are confident he has the skills,
ability and leadership qualities to preserve, then grow, the
performance of what is one of New Zealand's leading boys'
College Board of Proprietors chairman Keith McArley welcomed
the appointment, believing Mr Garry would preserve and
enhance the school's special character as it prepared to
celebrate its centenary in 2018.
Mr Garry said he was delighted and excited about his new role
at the college.
''I feel very lucky to have this opportunity. It's a very
special place; it's uplifting.''
He was looking forward to beginning his new role, continuing
the high standard of education, and doing the best he could
for every boy at the school, ''no matter who they are''.
In announcing Mr Garry's appointment, both Mr Kelk and Mr
McArley praised Mr Corkery's 18-and-a-half-year contribution
to the college.
Mr Kelk said Mr Corkery inspired the construction of the
Edgar Learning Centre, which was widely respected as an
innovative teaching and pupil area, and it was a testament to
his innovative approach to education.
''Mike has been an inspirational leader and an outstanding
educator who has helped make John McGlashan College a leading
school, both in the educational achievements of its students
and the quality of the men who graduate.''