Appointment of new CEO by the Higher Education Authority

Maura O'Shea

By Maura O'Shea

Posted: 20 August, 2019

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The Board of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) met yesterday and approved the appointment of Dr Alan Wall as CEO of the HEA following an open competition managed by the Public Appointments Service (PAS). Dr Wall has extensive experience in the education sector having served as Assistant Secretary General at the Department of Education and Skills leading most recently its Research, Reform, Policy and Data Division. As Deputy Director with the Teaching Council he played a key role in the establishment of this agency.

Dr Wall holds a Doctorate in Governance from Queens University Belfast and also holds degrees from Maynooth University and Trinity College, Dublin.

He will succeed Mr Paul O’Toole who has served as interim CEO since October 2018.

Commenting on the appointment, the Chairperson of the HEA, Mr Michael Horgan said “We are delighted to welcome Alan to the HEA. I have no doubt that the HEA will benefit from his extensive experience in the education sector. On behalf of the Authority I wish Alan every success, we look forward to working closely with him.”


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