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A new chairperson has been appointed to the Governing Body of the Institute of Technology Tralee.

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Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has announced that Lionel Alexander has taken up the post.

The role has been held by a Kerry County Councillor in an acting capacity in recent years, after the former Chairman Flan Garvey retired in 2013.

Flan Garvey stepped aside as Chairman of Governing Body of IT Tralee in December 2012, following an allegation of plagiarism in his Master’s degree, but later briefly returned to the role before deciding to retire in June 2013.

The investigation concluded the thesis was plagiarised, but it was unintentional.

The role of Chairman has been held by a Kerry County Councillor in an acting capacity since.

The Education Minister Bruton has announced that Lionel Alexander has now taken up the post for a period of five years.

Mr Alexander is the former CEO of HP Ireland, and former Vice-President / Managing Director of HP Global Consumer Supplies Business and Development.

He’s served as a board member on the IDA since 2009, and was previously both the President and a board member of the American Chamber of Commerce, and also served on the board of IBEC.

Minister Bruton says he firmly believes the knowledge and capability which Lionel Alexander can bring to this appointment will ensure that IT Tralee can deliver on all of its objectives.