IBAT College Dublin appoints new principal

Joe Gorey becomes principal of the college following a five-year spell as programme director at Griffith College

IBAT College Dublin, a private for-profit higher education provider, has announced the appointment of a new principal.

Joe Gorey comes to the role following a five-year stint as part-time programme director at the city’s Griffith College.

The same period saw Gorey create ‘Achieve Online Learning’, an e-learning development and management solution for academic institutions and businesses.

“I am honoured to be appointed principal of IBAT College and I very much look forward to working in close partnership with academic staff and students to deliver strategies that build on the strong foundations of the institution and enhance our existing strengths in providing high quality education for our students,” said Gorey.

“I welcome Joe to IBAT College and look forward to working with him closely,” said the institution’s joint interim managing director, Boaz Arbel.

“Joe’s outstanding track record of successful leadership and experience makes him well-placed to lead IBAT’s onward journey and make an important contribution to its future.”

Between 2009 and 2015, Gorey served as CEO of Setanta College, the sports-specialising distance learning college.

Prior to moving into the higher education sector, he spent 15 years working as a senior HR consultant at the Irish outpost of Californian tech giant, Intel.

In his latest role, say his new employers, Gorey “will be responsible for working with IBAT’s academic staff to ensure the continuous delivery of high quality teaching, learning and assessment, and providing a great environment and outstanding facilities to help students achieve their best potential”.

Shortly before the new principal’s arrival, IBAT College Dublin made headlines for its decision to offer free 13-week courses to those who have had their employment affected because of COVID-19.

“We are committed to supporting our essential workers in every way we can and invite them to take up the fully-funded online courses and programmes being made available to them and support their learning journey with us,” said joint interim managing director, Nitin Gupta.

“Our courses are also aimed at equipping laid-off workers with the essential skills for re-entering the market when this is all behind us.”

In other appointments news: Former universities minister Chris Skidmore is to join the UPP Foundation’s trustee and advisory boards


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