Presidential transitions

In almost exactly one month I shall be stepping down from my post of President of Dublin City University. While I shall miss this job very much, I do look forward to having a little more time to do things I have been neglecting, including quite a lot of writing (and I don’t just mean this blog).

Another university head who is about to experience a transition is John Hughes, President of National University of Ireland Maynooth, whose appointment to the post of Vice-Chancellor of Bangor University in North Wales was announced yesterday. He becomes one of the first Irish university presidents ever to have been appointed to head another university – a career trajectory that is quite common in the United States, but less so over here. John Hughes will be leaving Maynooth at the end of September. I wish him well in his future career and life.

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6 Comments on “Presidential transitions”

  1. Vincent Says:

    Hmm, they give a gold watch to the average Joe on retirement.
    So do you have to hire Architects and Structural Engineers. 🙂

  2. John Says:

    I doubt he’ll ‘retire’.

    The old ones still seem to be working quite well.

  3. Sally Says:

    Anyway Ferdinand, thanks for providing this blog over the last number of years. I don’t know how you have managed to come up with so many new topics – often two a day – but they’ve always been relevant and your comments and those of your bloggers have often managed properly to reveal the immediate issues of higher education in their broader political-economic context. The blog is a great way to level artificial hierarchies too, and I think we would all agree that yours has got people debating with each other who normally wouldn’t. I wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do next.

  4. John Says:

    Sally, couldn’t have put it better myself.


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