New members appointed to  UL Governing Authority

Jess Casey


Jess Casey


New members appointed to  UL Governing Authority

Grainne Barron and Dr Garret FitzGerald have been appointed to the UL Governing Authority

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick has appointed two new members to its Governing Authority, writes Jess Casey. 

Grainne Barron, chief executive of Viddyad, a video technology platform, and Dr Garret FitzGerald, McNeil Professor in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, have been appointed to the authority by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton.

UL’s new Governing Authority is made up of 29 members, two of whom are nominated by the Minister.

The term of the current UL Governing Authority will continue until November 30, 2022.

“UL is a young and dynamic university with the potential to become a stronger driver of regional development and a truly international university with significant research impact,” Chancellor of UL and former Tánaiste Mary Harney. 

“Grainne and Garret will be excellent additions to the university's board of management and will bring with them a global perspective, which will assist in achieving these objectives.”

“Both of the Ministerial appointments bring extensive international leadership experience that will complement the skills and expertise of the Governing Authority members already elected and appointed.”

Grainne Barron is recognised expert in video advertising technology and has been featured on WSJ, Bloomberg TV, TechCrunch, USA Today and other leading news outlets.

She has been listed as one of the most influential business leaders in technology in Ireland, and has won the PWC Most Innovative Startup award. 

Dr Garret FitzGerald MD chairs the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and directs the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics.  

His laboratory was the first to discover a molecular clock in the cardiovascular system and has studied the importance of peripheral clocks in the regulation of cardiovascular and metabolic function.

He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy.