NAFC Marine Centre director heads off to Canada –

NAFC Marine Centre director heads off to Canada Published:  10 April, 2013

Shetland’s University of the Highlands and Islands NAFC Marine Centre Director, Professor David Gray, has today, Wednesday April 10, announced his decision to resign after more than four years in the post.

Professor Gray said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences at the NAFC Marine Centre, and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to lead the team through some exciting and challenging times.“In February I was approached by Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and after much deliberation I have decided to take the position of Dean of Faculty and Principal for their new agricultural campus in Truro.“I will remain in post until 31 July, which will allow me to oversee the Trust’s engagement with the current local review of tertiary education and with the Scottish Government’s plan for the regionalisation of further education provision.“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, past and present, for their continual support throughout my time here at the Centre. I would also like to express my thanks to the Board of Trustees. I truly believe that the current Board is the best we have had and their engagement and commitment to the Trust and its mission places it in a very strong position.“I wish the NAFC Marine Centre all the best for the future and I am confident that the Centre will continue to play a vital role in Shetland’s economy.”Commenting on the decision, Arthur Nicolson, chairman of the Trust, added: “I am sorry to see David leave – his commitment and drive has been instrumental in raising the profile of the NAFC as a centre of excellence both locally and internationally. I wish him every success in his new venture and would like to thank him for his valuable contribution over the last four years.”