College House, at University of Canterbury, New Zealand's oldest and most traditional university hall of residence, has announced the appointment of a new principal, Mrs Laraine Sharr.

New BMMrs Sharr will be the first woman principal since the House was founded in 1850.
Mrs Sharr will assume her new role mid year, replacing Dr. Andrew Stockley who, after ten years at College House, has taken up a position at Brasenose College, Oxford.
Sub Warden of College House, Dr Suzanne Peddie, says the Board of College House is very pleased with the appointment. "Mrs Sharr has an astute understanding of the issues motivating today's young people and of the challenges they face in moving from the educational environment to the workplace. Her colleagues cannot speak too highly of her ability as a leader and of her integrity in all she undertakes".
Mrs. Sharr has over 25 years experience in teaching, administration and student support at schools including St Andrew's College, Christchurch and, most recently, as Principal of Melbourne's prestigious St Catherine's School.
She says she is looking forward to leading College House. "I'm particularly excited by the enormous potential for developing partnerships with the wider community as well as strengthening relationships with the College and University. I have the utmost respect for College House and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of such a unique and treasured institution".

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