Debbie Dunwoody to leave MLC following Rosa Storelli saga

Supporters at a rally for the ousted MLC principal Rosa Storelli in September last year. Photo: Luis Enrique AscuiThe prestigious Methodist Ladies College has revealed it has hired a new principal for next year following an “extensive international” search.
Nanjing Night Net

The school’s current principal, Debbie Dunwoody, has announced she will move to Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

Ms Dunwoody had filled the role at MLC after the controversial dismissal of former principal Rosa Storelli.

MLC is yet to reveal who will replace Ms Dunwoody. MLC board chair Louise Adler told ABC radio the new principal was an ‘‘outstanding educationalist’’.

‘‘She has impeccable qualifications and she’s requested time to finalise arrangements at her current school.’’

Ms Adler said Ms Dunwoody had been appointed principal at the college last year with a contract lasting until the end of the 2013 school year.

“I would like to acknowledge Debbie Dunwoody, who has provided exceptional leadership both as principal and throughout two decades of service to the college,” Ms Adler said.

Ms Dunwoody will take over at Camberwell in term two next year. The school said she would be the sixth principal there since 1927.

MLC has also released its much-anticipated governance review. It acknowledged Ms Storelli’s termination in September last year but does not directly address it.

“The objective is rather to recommend any changes so that if similar circumstances arose in the future, there would be greater trust in the decision-making process,” the review said.

It also recommends a “ceremonial role” for the “visitor”, who is a representative of the Uniting Church. Part of the visitor’s role is to assist in the resolution of disputes.

Review author Libby Klein said the visitor’s role had “so much uncertainty it was counterproductive and should become ceremonial”.

Uniting Church moderator Isabel Thomas Dobson held the role of visitor. She had previously criticised the MLC board’s handling of Ms Storelli’s dismissal.

How the story developed…

September 2012:MLC principal in shock after sacking over moneySacked MLC principal slams ‘bully’ boardSchool wants $700,000 from principalMLC directors ‘could not forgive’School takes church to courtMLC parents demand board reinstates sacked principal

November 2012:Battle for positions at MLC

July 2013:MLC reveiw delayed as principal search goes on

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