New Chairperson Appointed To Governing Body Of IT Tralee

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Lionel Alexander

Lionel Alexander.

MINISTER for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton, T.D. has appointed Mr. Lionel Alexander as Chairperson of the Governing Body of the Institute of Technology, Tralee.

Mr. Alexander has been selected by the Minister having come through the process run by the Public Appointments Service. The appointment is for a period of five years.

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Mr. Alexander is the former CEO of HP Ireland and Vice-President / Managing Director of HP Global Consumer Supplies Business & Development.  He brings a wealth of significant relevant Enterprise and Board experience to this role.  He has served as a Board Member on the Irish Development Authority (IDA) since 2009.

He was previously both the President and a Board Member of the American Chamber of Commerce and also served a six year period as a Board Member of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC).  He was also the Governing Board Chairman of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Ireland.

Cllr Terry O’Brien had been acting chairperson of the Governing Body since Flan Garvey retired in 2013. Mr Garvey had an allegation of plagiarism in his Masters Degree made against him so he stepped aside in late 2012 and later retired the following year. An investigation found the thesis was plagiarised, but unintentional on Mr Garvey’s part.

“This appointment comes at a very exciting time for IT Tralee who are at the forefront of significant changes in the Higher Education sector,” said Minister Bruton. “IT Tralee are involved in a consortium with Cork Institution of Technology with a view to becoming the Munster Technological University (MTU). The Programme for Government details our commitment to support the creation of Technological Universities. We strongly believe that the development of technological universities has the potential to deliver greater opportunity to students in these regions, to staff working in the institutions, and to the broader local economy and society,” he said.

“Dedicated funding of €1.2Million has been provided by the HEA to the consortium in 2016 to underpin the next phase of engagement. I firmly believe that the knowledge and capability which Mr. Alexander can bring to this appointment will ensure that IT Tralee can deliver on all of its objectives,” said Minister Bruton.

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