Prof Vincent Cunnane has been appointed as President of LIT
IT has been announced that Professor Vincent Cunnane is to take up the role as President of Limerick Insititute of Technology in the coming months.
The appointment was approved by the governign body of LIT today and follows a public procurement process.
The term of the appointment is seven years and Professor Cunnane will take up his post for the 2016/17 academic year.
“All of us in the LIT community are very pleased that Vincent Cunnane is to be our new President. He has a distinguished record of achievement in the academic and business spheres. He is eminently qualified to continue the growth and development of the Institute and its contribution to the economic, social and cultural life of the Mid-West region and beyond. In that task he will be greatly assisted by the quality and commitment of the team that has been built at LIT,” said Niall Greene chair of the governing body.
Speaking following the announcement, Professor Cunnane said he is delighted. “We are at an important juncture in LIT’s development and I look forward to leading the institute into a new phase of investment and growth. This is also a period of growth and change for the Mid-West region, and LIT has a key role to play in driving the region forward on a number of fronts,” he said.
Professor Cunnane joins LIT from IT Sligo, where he has been president since 2014.
He was formerly CEO of Shannon Development until its merger into the Shannon Airport Authority Group of Companies.
Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research at the University Limerick, where he also lectured and researched.
Professor Cunnane is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of physical electrochemistry.
He is Chair of the Governing Council of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and a member of the board of the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training.
He is married to Helena and has three adult sons, Eoghan, Connor and Ciaran.