21 November 2021 | Binfield, UK [David Neal]
After serving the church for 47 years, Dr John D Baildam announces retirement.
In a 15 of November letter addressed to the Newbold College of Higher Education Chair of Governors, Dr John D Baildam, Newbold College Principal, announced his intention to retire on 31 May 2022.
Baildam is Newbold’s second longest serving Principal. He worked tirelessly and enthusiastically in a variety of roles, including his tenure as Principal for over 40 years, faithfully serving students from across the Trans-European Division and beyond.
Of his many achievements as Principal, most notable is his commitment to securing Newbold’s reputation for academic quality and rigour, and for driving the “never-to-be-forgotten” campus experience. Known for his optimistic nature, Baildam described his role as Principal since 2014 as one he has “relished” with “all the joys and occasional challenges.”
Reflecting on the future and the new chapter Newbold has entered, Baildam recently made an appeal to all “to exhibit qualities exemplified by our predecessors – faith, vision, sacrifice, commitment and perseverance.”
Chair of the Board of Governors and TED President, Pastor Raafat Kamal, expressed his personal thanks recognising, “Dr Baildam’s highly professional service to the church and Newbold College over many decades. He will be remembered for seeing opportunities amid the tumultuous times of restructuring and change; for his resilience and optimism to look forward.”
Kamal also took the opportunity to share the Board of Governors’ appreciation, “we are thankful for his committed service to higher education within the Trans-European Division and beyond. Dr Baildam will continue to serve as Principal for another six months providing ample time to search and identify a suitable replacement.”
On his retirement, Dr Baildam will have given a total of 47 years of service to the church. When asked what has kept him going over those years, he replied, “Learning something new every day!”
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