New acting President appointed at IT Tralee

SIMON BROUDER sbrouder@kerryman.ie

TRALEE Institute of Technology Registrar, Dr Oliver Murphy, has been appointed as acting president of the college following the appointment of the former ITT President Michael Carmody as President of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.

Dr Murphy's appointment was ratified at a meeting of the Institute's Governing Body on Wednesday February 2.

A native of Limerick city, Dr Oliver Murphy joined IT Tralee when he was appointed Lecturer in Mathematics and Statistics at the School of Business and Social Studies.

In 1996 he was appointed Head of Department of Business and Social Studies, a position he held for a five year period.

In 2001, he joined the senior executive management team of the Institute after his appointment to the position of College Registrar.

Outlining his vision for the Institute Dr Murphy welcomed the publication of the National Strategy for Higher Education, the so-called Hunt report, which recommends the amalgamation of many of the country's institutes of technology into multi-campus technological universities.

Dr Murphy said the report provides a framework to ensure the continued growth and development of Tralee's Institute of Technology.

"Securing University status for the ITT is achievable within the framework outlined in the National Strategy document," said Dr Murphy.

"The outlook for the Institute is very positive. Our CAO applications and our portfolio of programmes are increasing annually. Our international student numbers continue to grow and our research activity is expanding," he said.

"Given the calibre of staff at the Institute and the excellent working relationships we have with our stakeholders, I am confident that the Institute will continue to play a pivotal role in the future economic development of the region," said Dr Murphy.

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