Appointment of new president at Sligo IT - Dr Brendan McCormack

Appointment of new president at Sligo IT - Dr Brendan McCormack

Institute of Technology, Sligo has confirmed the appointment of Dr Brendan McCormack (pictured) as President.

The appointment was approved by the Institute’s Governing Body on Wednesday.

Dr Mc Cormack (58) succeeds Professor Vincent Cunnane who stood down earlier this year to take up a similar role with Limerick Institute of Technology.

“It is a singular honour for me to become the new President of IT Sligo,” said Dr McCormack.

“This Institute has been a huge part of my life. It can be justifiably proud of the role it plays in the region and I believe it is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Institute of Technology sector.

“I look forward to working with the students, staff and stakeholders of IT Sligo in continuing to build on its excellent educational history, regional development focus, and to help it realise its Technological University ambition.” Dr McCormack is a native of Athlone and has lived in County Sligo with his wife Mary, and children Oliver, Gabriella, Deirdre, and Don for the last 18 years.

He brings a vast array of experience from both the private and public sectors in the fields of engineering, design and research to the role. He holds a PhD in Medical Device Design, and has worked in the Higher Education sector for the past 27 years.

He has been a staff member of IT Sligo since 1998 and has held key senior roles during that time, including Head of School of Engineering (2001-2006) and Head of Academic Affairs (Registrar, 2006-2014).

More recently, he has been Project Manager of the Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA), a strategic partnership involving IT Sligo, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, and Letterkenny IT, which is seeking re-designation as a Technological University for the region.

Welcoming the new appointment on behalf of the Governing Body of IT Sligo, Board member Conor Murphy, said: “Brendan is a passionate advocate of access to higher education for all, and has made major contributions in the provision of up-skilling training for the Irish workforce.

“He considers higher education to be a key player in developing the social, cultural and economic fabric of the North-West of Ireland, particularly in supporting new indigenous business development.”

The Institute’s Registrar, Colin McLean, takes up the role of Interim President from today, September 1st , to enable Dr McCormack complete his transition into the new post.