THE new term at Truro and Penwith College brings with it a new principal.
David Walrond, the former director of curriculum and quality, has taken on the leadership of the college from Jonathan Burnett, who has retired.
Mr Walrond said: "Truro and Penwith College has a reputation for innovation and for initiating change rather than just responding to it. Above all, we focus on giving students the best possible deal and that has to be the pattern for the future.
"I'm looking forward to working with all the staff and students to take forward the remarkable success story of this college."
Mr Walrond gained an MA in English at Exeter University and an MBA at Leicester University and has previously worked in further education institutions in London, Hampshire and Cheshire.
He has been an associate Ofsted inspector and chairman of governors at a school in Cheshire.
He lived and worked in Italy for five years in jobs ranging from driving a fork lift truck to lecturing in English and linguistics at Padua University.
Mr Walrond, who is married with three sons and has lived in Truro for the past seven years, is a passionate follower of cricket and has a keen interest in classical music and literature.
He said: "I am delighted to have been part of such a successful senior team at the college and, while in that role, to have seen the college grow considerably.
"Following its 2006 inspection the college achieved designated outstanding status. Now it has merged with Penwith College where the development of the Penzance campus is now well on the way to completion in 2011.
"The future cannot be about standing still or thinking 'we've arrived' and the college is committed to continuous improvement."