Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has announced the appointment of Mr Des Mahon as Chairman of GMIT Governing Body. Mr Mahon, former Mayo County Manager, has been appointed to the position for a five year term by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn. He succeeds Mr Rory O’Connor, whose term as Chairman of GMIT Governing Body ended in May (2011), and Mr Donagh O’Donoghue who was acting chairperson in the intervening period.
GMIT President Michael Carmody welcomed Mr Mahon’s appointment as GMIT Chairman.
“Des Mahon’s experience will be a valuable asset in delivering the next stage of development of the Institute and we look forward to working together over the next five years.”
GMIT now has some 8,160 students (full and part-time) and almost 660 staff in five campuses across Galway and Mayo. The Institute offers programmes in Business, Engineering, Science & Technology, Hotel & Tourism, Humanities, and specialist areas such as Agriculture and Environment, Nursing & Health Sciences, Furniture Design & Technology, Art and Design, Film and Television, and Outdoor Education.
GMIT has formed strategic alliances with NUI Galway and The Marine Institute and is developing alliances with the other institutes of technology in the region to ensure effective provision of higher education. The Institute continuously engages with its stakeholders (industry, employers, professional bodies, public organisations, community groups) to inform key decisions.