DR Fergal Barry, the vice-president of research, enterprise and development at the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), has been appointed president of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).
The Ennis Road man, a former Limerick Chamber president, is hoping to take over the role in October from Michael Carmody, who retired recently.
Dr Maria Hinfelaar, the president of LIT, led the congratulations to Dr Barry, saying: “I am delighted to welcome Fergal as a colleague among the 13 Institute of Technology presidents around the country. I am confident that he will do an excellent job for GMIT and of course we congratulate them on this appointment. I am sorry to see Fergal leave LIT but very grateful for his contributions over the years. They will be big shoes to fill for his successor.”
In the past number of years, Fergal has built up the research capacity of LIT to an annual revenue stream of more than €5m towards projects in science, engineering, art and design.
He has also played a key part in developing LIT’s third-level enterprise centres, with six already operational across Limerick and Tipperary.
These include the Hartnett Enterprise Acceleration Centre in Moylish, the National Franchise Centre in O’Connell Street, plus similar outlets in Croom and Newcastle West.
Dr Barry has a background in science and holds academic qualifications from both LIT and the University of Limerick and an MBA from University College Cork.
He was the Limerick Chamber president between 2012 and 2013, succeeding Kieran MacSweeney.