Andrew Kennedy, the Chair of Governors at Heythrop College has announced his retirement from the Governing Body. Andrew was a governor of the College from 2005 to 2014 and then returned as chair in the spring of 2015.
His decision to retire follows confirmation of the position of the Society of Jesus. The Society has summarised its position as follows: "The Society of Jesus regrets it is unable to support any continuing negotiation with Roehampton University, as it believes it will be impossible to form a partnership which meets the requirements of all stakeholders. In due course it will consider how best to continue its work in the intellectual apostolate."
The current Deputy Chair of Governors, Mr Jeremy Heap, becomes Acting Chair of Governors with immediate effect. He will serve as Acting Chair in the short time it should take for Governors to appoint a new Chair.
The Principal of the College, Father Michael Holman, who last week announced his intention to stand down later in the year, will be in post until a new Chair has been elected and the hand-over to a new Principal is complete.
Commenting on Andrew Kennedy’s decision to step down, Father Holman said: “Everyone at Heythrop is very grateful for the outstanding contribution Andrew has made to the life of the College over many years. It has been my privilege to work with Andrew both here at Heythrop and previously during my time as headmaster of Wimbledon College. In the last 18 months as chair, Andrew has worked very hard to find a way forward for the mission and work of Heythrop College to which he is committed. He has been a great support to me as Principal, to my colleagues on the staff, to his fellow governors and to our students. His strong sense of purpose will be missed by all who like me have had the pleasure of working with him.”