MARY Immaculate College has appointed Professor Michael A Hayes as its President Designate.
Prof Hayes, 53, will succeed Professor Peadar Cremin, whose term of office ends on August 31, next.
Prof Cremin, who announced his intention to retire earlier this month, was appointed president in September 1999, and during his tenure he has overseen a number of developments at the South Circular Road college.
Professor Hayes, is currently Vice–President and Professor of Catholic Pastoral Studies at St Mary’s University College, Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, London.
A native of Limerick, he has been based in the United Kingdom since 1980 and is an internationally renowned academic in the field of Theology and Religious Studies.
He is also a qualified Psychotherapist.
Professor Hayes says he is “pleased and honoured” to take up the position of president at Mary Immaculate College.
“I am very honoured to be appointed president of Mary Immaculate College and for the expression of confidence that the Trustees of the College have placed in me,” he said.
“This is a new and exciting challenge for me. I look forward to working with staff and students in the great educational enterprise that Mary Immaculate College has been since its foundation in 1898, as a community at the service of scholarship and the common good, where encouragement of human flourishing is at the core of all that it does,” he added.