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College principal Sue McLeod

It is with great sadness that MidKent College announces the death of its much-loved principal Sue McLeod at the age of 53.

Sue was diagnosed with a brain tumour last month, and passed away suddenly in hospital on Wednesday (23 July).

Chief executive Stephen Grix said: “Sue was an exceptional leader who inspired students and staff alike, and her commitment and passion for teaching was what drove her.

“Her energy, enthusiasm and ability to motivate others will be sorely missed.

“We have lost a very dear friend and a great principal.”

A former Travel and Tourism lecturer, Sue joined the College in 1993 before climbing the ranks to become the first female principal in its more than 100-year history.

Prior to joining the College, Sue worked across the Caribbean, United States and Europe during her time in the travel industry, including a stint aboard cruise liners.

Sue took up her post as principal in September 2013.

A highlight of her time as principal came last February when she visited Buckingham Palace to accept the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education from the Queen on behalf of the College.


Please note - Vice principal Simon Cook has been appointed acting principal by the College's governing body.

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For all media enquiries, please contact Steve Knight, Marketing and Communications Officer, on 01634 383277 or email steve.knight@midkent.ac.uk.