It’s only been three years since he stepped up to the top role.
But now Greenhead principal Anton McGrath is to step down and switch to a job on the other side of the Pennines.
The long-serving staff member is to leave his position at the end of April and, despite being sorry to leave, is looking forward to no longer having to brave the perils of the M62.
Lancashire lad Anton lives in Ramsbottom near Bury and faces the motorway each morning on his commute to the college.
Father-of-two Anton is leaving to rejoin Ashton Sixth Form College in Ashton-under-Lyne where he worked before moving over to Greenhead.
Chair of Governors for the college Roger Bryant said: “The move will enable him to avoid the perils of a daily commute on the M62 and spend more quality time with his family.”
Anton has been a member of Greenhead staff since 2008 and took over the role as principal from outgoing Martin Rostron in 2013 following Mr Rostron’s retirement.
Mr Bryant said: “Over the past eight years Anton has made an enormous contribution to the achievements of the college and I am sure to speak for all of the governors, staff and students in wishing him success for the future.”
He added: “Anton has had a lot of pressures to face recently as the college has been subject to cuts.
“He has been a fantastic member of staff and is well-liked and respected among the students. We are all very sorry to see him go.”
Mr Bryant added there were several candidates lined up to take over the position, including current members of staff.
Greenhead is ranked in the top five of the country’s 93 sixth form colleges, coming second in the UK in 2014 with 41% of its A level results achieving grades A or A*.
The college currently has 2,300 pupils.