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Dr Seán M. Rowland


Dr Seán M. Rowland, President of Hibernia College, was born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland. Having attended St. Patrick’s College in Dublin, he taught at primary school level for five years before travelling to the US to attend Boston College. Here he was awarded a Masters Degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration. He then pursued and completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum Instruction and Administration (CIA) with a focus on educational finance within the CIA programme. Dr Rowland was also awarded a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

While at Boston College, Dr. Rowland established and was appointed Executive Director of the Centre for Irish Management. His goals in creating the centre were to encourage economic development and create employment in Ireland through education, executive development and relationship building. Dr. Rowland also established the Irish Institute at Boston College, and, as Executive Director, worked extensively with young Irish professionals, political leaders and educators to promote Irish/US relations, provide upskilling in a variety of professional areas and contribute to job creation in Ireland.

In 2000, Dr Rowland brought together his colleagues from the corporate, education and technological communities to create Hibernia College, Ireland’s first and only, accredited online third-level institution. The programmes for which the college is best known are its initial teacher education courses. Graduates from these courses are now highly sought after by schools around Ireland.

Dr Rowland has served as President of the Harvard Club of Ireland and a member of Harvard University’s Littauer Society. He also served as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Leadership Council at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  He is a member of the Harvard Faculty Club and an active alumnus of Boston College. In addition, Dr. Rowland is a member of the Institute of Directors, Ireland and of the Royal Dublin Society.

In 2008 Dr Rowland won the Ernst and Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2009 was named as one of the “100 greatest self-made Irish entrepreneurs” by Irish Entrepreneur magazine.

In 2013 Dr Rowland was appointed to the Hewlett Packard (HP) Global Strategic Advisory Council for the HP National Education Technology Assessment project. In 2014 he was appointed to the Expert Group to examine future funding for higher education by the Minister of Education in Ireland, The Cassells Group, reporting to Government in 2016.