New president expected to be appointed at Dundalk IT this August

New president expected to be appointed at Dundalk IT this August

A new president is expected to be appointed at Dundalk IT by this August.

That’s according to Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton.

Former DkIT president Denis Cummins

Responding to a parliamentary question from Donegal-based TD Thomas Pringle, Minister Bruton said the process of recruiting a new president has already begun.

Dundalk IT has been without a full-time president since Denis Cummins departed at the end of the 2015/16 academic year.

Ann Campbell has since filled the role of interim president of the institute but it is understood she will retire this summer.

In his reply to Deputy Pringle, the Education Minister said that while the Public Appointments Service were unable to recruit a president last year, he was hopeful that the role would be filled in the coming months.

He said: “A competition for the position of President of Dundalk IT was held by the Public Appointments Service in 2016. Unfortunately the outcome of that competition was unsuccessful.  It has been agreed to run a new competition for the appointment of the President using the frameworks for such a recruitment process as set out by the Office of Government Procurement.

Dundalk IT interim president Ann Campbell

“This process has commenced and it is envisaged that it will be brought to a successful conclusion prior to the retirement of the current President in August 2017.”

According to the advert for the job last year, the successful candidate “will be an inspiring and strategic leader, with a proven track record of achievement at an appropriately senior level in business/enterprise, the public sector or higher education. They will have a highly developed leadership, organisational and communication skills combined with strategic capability, vision and drive to shape the future of DkIT.”

As of last year the student population of Dundalk IT was 4,999.

Despite financial difficulties in recent years, it was revealed recently the institute hopes to break even by this August.

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