THE current deputy principal of Coachford College has been appointed to the position of principal (designate) at St Mary's Secondary School in Mallow.
Edward Williamson will succeed the renowned Sr Brid Biggane who will retire in September after almost two decades of service to St Mary's.
After graduating from UCC with a first class honours degree in science Mr Williamson went on to complete his masters before working for INTEL Ireland. Having then completed the HDipEd he took up a role teaching maths and science at Coachford College in 2002.
Over the intervening years he undertook a number of initiatives at the school, including leading their numeracy initiative and overseeing the introduction of eLearning systems.
Mr Williamson has a wealth of experience in diverse management and leadership roles, including serving as chair of the Cork branch of the Irish Maths Teachers Assoc where he oversaw the implementation of a training programme for project maths teachers.
He was founder and director of Maths Fest, Ireland's largest maths education event and is a lead local facilitator for Applied Maths with Professional Development Service for Teachers.
Mr Williamson has also spent many years working voluntarily with the Irish Red Cross and is currently an educational monitor and advisor for first aid courses throughout Europe and Asia.
He also spent many years working within the Bandon parish, serving as sacristan and developing the parish website.
Now living in Mallow, he is married to Lorraine, a former St Mary's pupilm and the pair have a young daughter, Rebecca.
Board of management chairman Jim Woulfe said the board wished Mr Williamson "every success in his new role".