Sutherland in line-up to chair higher education strategy body

“Former EU commissioner Peter Sutherland has emerged as a candidate to chair the Government’s forthcoming National Strategy on Higher Education. Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe is said to be ‘open-minded’’ about Mr Sutherland’s appointment. But any move to appoint Mr Sutherland could be resisted by some in Fianna Fáil because of his former links with Fine Gael. Mr Sutherland’s appointment is favoured by several influential figures in higher education. But one well-placed source said it would be ‘wrong to portray Mr Sutherland as a front-runner, as he is one of several names in the frame’. The Cabinet is due to make the appointment and endorse the terms of reference for the strategy shortly …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 20 November]

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