Prof Orla Feely Appointed New President of UCD

21st February 2023

Posted In: So In Demand

The Governing Authority of University College Dublin has today approved the appointment of Professor Orla Feely as President of University College Dublin.

Professor Feely is currently Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact. She succeeds Professor Mark Rogers who has been Acting President since March 2022 and will take up office on 1 May 2023.

Warmly welcoming the appointment of Professor Feely, Chair of the Governing Authority, Marie O’Connor, said: “Professor Orla Feely is an outstanding university leader with a distinguished academic track record in research and teaching who has already greatly contributed to the reputation of University College Dublin as a centre of excellence for research and education for our students, faculty and staff.

“Professor Orla Feely is an exceptional person who has the drive and ambition to lead UCD as a public university that values its community, that sets standards and embraces wider participation in order to make a real impact on society. I have every confidence that under Orla’s leadership, University College Dublin will continue to fulfil its ambitious role in Ireland and globally and play its part in tackling global challenges.

“I wish to express my gratitude to the members of procedures, nominations, search and selection committees, whose significant input and support guided the Governing Authority in this process to find and recommend such a leader.”

Congratulating Professor Feely, Acting President, Professor Mark Rogers said: “Thanks to colleagues, current and past, and especially to the generations of students who have been on the journey with me for so many years. I believe that we have made UCD a great place to learn, to grow, to research and to expand our minds. This university is a very special place, made so by our history, our achievements, but most importantly by you.

“I have worked closely with Orla for many years and she is a great colleague whose pride, loyalty, support and ambition for UCD has always been evident, matched only by her ability. I believe the future holds great promise for UCD under her presidency.”

Speaking at the announcement, Professor Orla Feely said: “I am greatly honoured to be UCD’s next President and to lead the University into the next phase of its remarkable development.

My own studies in UCD, starting at the age of sixteen, transformed my life, and I witness the University’s continuing transformative impact every day.

“I want to lead a UCD that makes a clear positive difference to the lives of our students through the educational experience we deliver. I want to grow our impact in Ireland and in the wider world through our work in areas such as sustainability, health and secure societies.

“My thanks to Professor Mark Rogers for his great leadership of UCD. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside Mark, and I am very grateful to have his continuing support during the transition to my taking up office on 1 May.”