The president of the International College of the Cayman Islands has resigned, saying he plans to seek a new challenge after three years in the job.
David Marshall, who has been outspoken about the need for higher standards and greater accountability at ICCI and in education in the Cayman Islands generally, confirmed he will leave the post on Aug. 1.
He said after three years of reform at the college, he is happy with what he has achieved and ready for a change.
“If you look at where the college was in 2014, ICCI was in grave danger of losing its accreditation, and that was one of the reasons I was brought in. The cleanup over the past three years has been a real challenge that has involved some heavy lifting and has involved working almost 24 hours a day, three years in a row,” he said.
He added that it had been a satisfying but energysapping challenge and he believes he has left the college in a good position for his successor to take it to the next level.
“It feels like pushing a rock up a hill and you reach the top, but there are still three or four more peaks to go. It is time for someone else to take over and go for the next peak,” he said.
Students are doing better than ever in internationally benchmarked exams, Mr. Marshall said, and graduates of ICCI are viewed with a new level of credibility by the private sector, with increasing numbers of graduates finding jobs in their chosen fields.
Mr. Marshall was lauded by ICCI board chair Mike Mannisto, a partner at Ernst & Young, for his contribution to the college.
In a statement, Mr. Mannisto said, “The Board proudly recognizes Dr. Marshall’s three-year tenure, filled with many accomplishments including but not limited to: raising academic standards at the college; securing additional accreditations for ICCI; recruiting amazing staff and faculty; and providing world-leading technology for students and faculty to help the teaching and learning process ….
“On behalf of all of the trustees, I thank Dr. Marshall for his contribution to moving the college forward and wish him the best as he prepares to move on to his next endeavor.”
He said Mr. Marshall brought new energy and ideas to the college, including developing the use of technology to improve the standard of teaching and learning and to create access to new opportunities.
He will be involved in the search for his successor, with ICCI hoping to make an appointment by January 2018, after a search and selection process.
Mr. Marshall remains undecided on his next step, which could involve a return to teaching in the U.S. or another opportunity in the Cayman Islands.
He believes the level of debate around education in the Cayman Islands is improving, with a greater focus on the issue now than he observed when he arrived on the island in 2014.
“Everybody is now talking about the issue of how you have a high quality, world-class education system for the people of the Cayman Islands. In a community of this size and status, it is shameful that we do not. I feel confident that the discussions are going in the right direction,” he said.