New St Columb’s head appointed

Current St Columb's College principal Sean McGinty, left, congratulates Finbar Madden on his appointment as the new college principal. (2704PG02)
Current St Columb's College principal Sean McGinty, left, congratulates Finbar Madden on his appointment as the new college principal. (2704PG02)
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Finbar Madden has been appointed the new principal of St Columb’s College.

Mr Madden, who has been a member of the College staff for 18 years and a vice-principal for 14 years, succeeds Sean McGinty, who is retiring this summer.

Speaking yesterday, Mr Madden (44), who’s married with three young children, said he was “deeply honoured and humbled” to lead St Columb’s into the “next phase of its history.”

A native of Belfast, Mr. Madden acknowledged his new appointment came at a “very exciting time” in education circles.

“The challenges that currently face all of us involved in education are immense,” he said.

“I believe that what has always marked St Columb’s out has been its willingness to face up to such challenges whilst continuing to provide a first-class educational experience for all of its pupils. It is my intention to maintain and build upon this great tradition.”

The school’s Board of Governors said it was very pleased with the new appointment.

“We have every confidence that Mr Madden will meet the challenges currently presented to education and that he will prove to be a creative and innovative leader of St Columb’s,” said a spokesperson.

St Columb’s College - which is Derry’s oldest and largest grammar school - currently has around 1,500 pupils on its roll.