THE man who propelled Greenhead College into the academic world's Premier League returned yesterday.
Dr Kevin Conway was back at the Huddersfield college to officially open a new three-storey building that bears his name.
And he paid tribute to his successor, Martin Rostron, staff and students at the college, which is now officially the best in Britain.
A report by Government Ofsted inspectors labelled Greenhead as the best ever seen.
Dr Conway spent 14 years at Greenhead. He left his job as principal on March 8, 2001 - the day before he had a life-saving liver transplant in a London hospital.
Since then, he has also had a heart pacemaker fitted, but said: "I'm really enjoying life."
Dr Conway was delighted with the new building, which houses the law and business departments and has an art studio on the top floor.
There are also facilities for tutorials and pastoral care for students.
Dr Conway said: "The place has got even better since I left. That's a tribute to Martin, the staff and students.
"I was delighted and very emotional to read the inspectors' report. This is a happy, magical place.
"We have top-class staff and top-class students here and it is a real privilege to see this new building opened."
Mr Rostron said: "The Conway Building is a superb addition. We have gained some extra teaching space but, in the main, it has enabled us to improve outdated facilities."