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Paul O’Toole appointed as Interim HEA CEO

Maura O'Shea

By Maura O'Shea

Posted: 5 October, 2018

Statement on appointment on Interim CEO at the Higher Education Authority.

The Higher Education Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Paul O’Toole as interim Chief Executive Officer with effect from the end of this month, October 2018. Mr O’Toole joins the HEA following completion of his term of office as Chief Executive of Solas. He will be appointed on an interim basis for a period of one year following the departure of Dr Graham Love later this month.

Mr O’Toole will commence the implementation of the new HEA strategy 2018 – 2022, shortly to be published, which includes the rollout of the new performance compacts under its strategic dialogue process with Higher Education Institutions. Mr O’Toole will also assist in the recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive for the Authority. Working with the Authority and the HEA team, he will lead the HEA contribution to the introduction of the new Technological Universities and implementing reforms of the higher education landscape.

The Chairperson of the HEA, Michael Horgan, stated: “I am delighted and grateful to Paul for agreeing to take on this role and assisting the HEA during this transition period. Paul’s knowledge of the education and training sectors will be of great value and I very much look forward to working with him.”


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