Former Berkeley Institute principal Michelle Simmons has been appointed to join Joan Dillas-Wright and James Jardine, as the Independent Senators in the Upper House.

In a statement released this afternoon, Governor John Rankin also acknowledged the retirement of Carol Bassett, who was President of the Senate since 2008 and a senator since 2003.

“I am grateful to each of the independent senators for their willingness to serve,” said Governor Rankin. “Carol Bassett, who has served as President of the Senate since 2008, is retiring after 14 years of devoted and selfless service to the Bermuda Parliament. On behalf of my predecessors as Governor and myself, I am grateful for all of her commitment of the work of the Senate throughout her period of office.”

Senator Simmons, who was a principal at the Berkeley Institute for 20 years, was also involved in education in Britain, Nigeria and the Bermuda High School for Girls, when she first returned to Bermuda.

As school principal, she was instrumental in transitioning the school to the GCSE curriculum and was also involved in teh accreditation process with Middle State Schools and Colleges.

In all, there are eleven members of the Senate. The three Independent Senators appointed today, join Government Senators Anthony Richardson, Jason Hayward, Kathy Simmons, Crystal Caesar, and Vance Campbell, and Opposition Senators Nandi Outerbridge, Nicholas Kempe, and Andrew Simons.