Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE chief executive Paul Culpan will finish in the role this month.
Mr Culpan, who has worked at the institute for 14 years, including nine as chief executive, said it was time for a change and agreed to assist in a smooth leadership transition.
Mr Culpan has been recognised for his efforts in positioning the institute as a contemporary high-quality provider of vocational education and training.
In his time as chief, Mr Culpan successfully established a skills and jobs institute, developed strong community partnerships, promoted the National Worldskills Competition and gained recognition for the institute as a finalist in last year’s National Dreamtime Awards.
Mr Culpan felt he had realised many successes during his time with the institute and thanked the staff and board for their support during his time there.
‘‘I have been privileged to work with a group of people who are dedicated to teaching and learning and have delivered great benefits to the community,’’ he said.
‘‘This has provided me and those with whom I work, a great deal of satisfaction and I look forward to taking this positive attitude into my next challenge.’’
Institute chairwoman Joanne Dwyer said Mr Culpan had been at the helm during a successful period.
‘‘We wish Paul every success and thank him for his considerable contribution to GOTAFE since he joined the Institute in 2004,’’ she said.
‘‘Following his appointment as CEO at the start of 2009, Paul has had an unwavering commitment to ensuring GOTAFE delivers quality educational outcomes for students from the diverse communities in which we offer our services.’’
The board has seconded Box Hill Institute’s Jennifer Oliver as acting chief executive.