Professor Eeva Leinonen appointed the next president of Maynooth University

Finnish professor to take over from Prof Philip Nolan in October

Leader reporter


Leader reporter


Professor Eeva Leinonen appointed the next president of Maynooth University

Professor Eeva Leinonen

Professor Eeva Leinonen has been announced as the incoming president of Maynooth University. She will take up her appointment on October 1, succeeding Professor Philip Nolan, who has led the north Kildare institution for the past 10 years.

The Finnish native has a background in linguistics and psychology. She has held the role of vice chancellor at Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, since 2016. She previously held roles at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, and at King’s College, London.

The Chairperson of the Governing Authority, Dr Mary Canning, said she was delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Leinonen as the next President of Maynooth University. Dr Canning believes that Professor Leinonen’s track record in the leadership and management of higher education institutions internationally will be of great benefit to Maynooth University, the Irish Universities Association and the higher education system in general at this critical time.  She wished Professor Leinonen well as she takes up her new role. 

In accepting her appointment, Professor Leinonen said that she was honoured to have the opportunity to lead this fine university in the next stage of its development.

“High quality innovative education, world class research that has positive societal impact and transformational educational opportunities for all who can benefit irrespective of background are hallmarks of Maynooth University and resonate closely with my approach to university education.

 “I am very much looking forward to working collaboratively with colleagues across the University, with students, the Governing Authority, Academic Council, the Irish education sector and the many partners and supporters of Maynooth University to build on the University’s impressive achievements gained under the leadership of Professor Nolan and previous presidents.”