The President of IT Sligo, Professor Terri Scott, has announced that she will resign from her role in September.
Professor Scott has been offered the post of Chief Executive of the Northern Regional College, one of Northern Ireland’s six regional colleges of Further and Higher Education.
She said today that she has accepted the new role “only after the deepest consideration of the many factors involved, not least those of family”.
Mr Ray MacSharry, Chairman of the Governing Body of IT Sligo, paid tribute to Professor Scott’s “huge contribution” to IT Sligo and wished her success in her new position.
“Academically, infrastructurally and financially, she leaves the Institute in a very strong position,” he said. Mr MacSharry added that the Board of Governors would now begin the process for the appointment of a successor.
The President said: “It has been my privilege to work with such dedicated staff during a challenging period of higher education reform. IT Sligo has seen major advances on several fronts in recent years and much remains to be done.”
Professor Scott has been President of the Institute for six years.
She said: “I’m proud to have played a part in the development of the IT Sligo campus and in the establishment of the Connacht-Ulster Alliance. The ambition to become a Technological University remains a major priority for the Institute and its Alliance partners (GMIT & LYIT).”
It is the President’s intention to continue in her role until September, to help ensure a smooth transition.
In a statement Mr MacSharry said: “It is with regret that Terri has informed me of her intention to resign as President of IT Sligo and accept the position of Chief Executive of Northern Regional College.This College has 6 campuses located across Northern Ireland and I wish her every success.
“Terri has made a huge contribution to IT Sligo over the past 6 years. Academically, infrastructurally and financially, she leaves the Institute in a very strong position.She has been at the helm of IT Sligo for six years and she has done much to support the region.
“Most importantly the prestige and reputation of the Institue with employers, industry and business has been significantly enhanced. The achievements of the students from this Institute, under Terri’s stewardship, have been outstanding.
“Terri has also been pivotal in the formation of the Connacht-Ulster Alliance, which is laying the foundation for the establishment of a Technological University in the region.
“She will remain in her post until September. The Board of Governors has been informed and will now begin the process for the appointment of a successor.”
Pictured: Professor Terri Scott