New DCU Chancellor
I am delighted that my former university, Dublin City University, has appointed Dr Martin McAleese to be its new Chancellor. His appointment will reinforce DCU’s status as an ambitious university that also attaches huge importance to educational values, economic development and social progress.
Martin McAleese is an honorary graduate of DCU, and the ceremony at which he and President McAleese were conferred a few years ago was one of the highlights of my presidency. Through this award we were able to recognise the extraordinary role that he played in promoting peace and reconciliation, often behind the scenes, in Northern Ireland. Subsequently he initiated the Your Country Your Call project, designed to lift recession-bound Ireland out of the negativity and pessimism that was threatening the country’s recovery.
I am confident that, guided by its new Chancellor and led by my successor Brian MacCraith, DCU will go from strength to strength.