University of Limerick confirms appointment of new president

Leading UCD academic to replace Don Barry

University of Limerick confirms new president

New UL president: Prof Desmond Fitzgerald

THE University of Limerick (UL) has confirmed that Prof Desmond Fitzgerald is to become the new president of the college.

Following a specially convened meeting this Thursday, UL chancellor Justice John Murray has confirmed the appointment of Prof Fitzgerald, who is currently a vice-president for health affairs at University College Dublin.

Prof Fitzgerald – who is also chief academic officer of Ireland East Hospital Group – will kick off his term on May 1, 2017.

He succeeds Prof Don Barry.

Mr Murray said: “I am delighted to welcome Prof Fitzgerald as the next President of UL.  He is a widely-respected scholar and leader in the academic world, with an enviable international research reputation and unrivalled experience gained at strategic levels in a number of highly-ranked universities. 

"I know I speak for the Governing Authority and the broader UL community in stating how much we look forward to working with Professor Fitzgerald to build on UL’s fine foundations as we realise the institution’s vision and objectives for the future”.

Prof Fitzgerald said: “I am delighted. The University of Limerick has had remarkable success in its short history due to its staff, its students and the support it has from the community and the Foundation.

"I am honoured to lead UL during the next phase. I look forward to working with colleagues and partners to secure a strong national and international academic profile.  UL has unique strengths - its staff, students, alumni and friends; its powerful local, national and international partnerships; its stunning campus and its excellent reputation.

"I want UL to establish and lead pioneering initiatives that will deliver real impact in a range of important areas that are critical to Ireland’s future and the future of the Mid West”.

Prior to joining University College Dublin, Prof Fitzgerald held senior leadership roles at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, including as director of research in recognition of his profound personal commitment to research and education, especially in the medicine and health sciences.