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Friday 28 April 2017

Tom Begley


Tom Begley ran Ireland's only internationally rated business school and is now back in the US heading a faculty there.

He lectured and researched in organisational behaviour at UCD for several years.

He has also done consultancy work with Fortune 500 companies, governments and non-profit organisations and taught in Singapore, Indonesia, France and the US.

He was appointed dean of UCD School of Business, incorporating the postgraduate Smurfit and undergraduate Quinn schools in 2006.

He would have liked to see the Smurfit school move up the European and world rankings, but though well placed, economic conditions stymied the move up. However, the calibre of staff and turnover from non-degree executive courses was enhanced under his tenure.

After departing UCD, Mr Begley told the Financial Times that the Leaving Certificate "should be taken out into a field and blown up", as it left students lacking in the analytical skills needed for third level. He also called for the number of business schools in Ireland to be rationalised in order to make better use of resources.

He is now dean of the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. He has a BA from Seton Hall University and and MA and PhD in social psychology from Cornell.

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