George O’Callaghan is Chief Executive of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. As the state education and training authority for the Limerick/Clare region, the ETB has over 38,000 students and learners attending its primary and post-primary schools and further education and training colleges across the region. Limerick and Clare ETB employs over 2,500 people and has an annual budget of €170 million and a multi-annual capital budget of €100 million.
George holds a BA in French and History, a Diploma in Educational Administration and an MA in Education Management. He has experience of working in various capacities in the education system. He was formerly a teacher, Year Head and Community Education Director in St Nessan’s Community College. He has served as school Principal in St Mary’s Secondary School, Newport and subsequently as General Secretary of the Joint Managerial Body with responsibility for over 400 secondary schools nationwide. Prior to taking up his current position, he also served as Chief Executive Officer of County Clare Vocational Education Committee. He has served as a member of the Teaching Council, Chair of the Chief Executive’s Forum and as a member of the Governing Body of Limerick Institute of Technology. He is a member of the IBEC Regional Executive, Limerick Local Community Development Committee, as well as a number of other Boards and committees.
George is delighted to be part of the establishment of the new university and is looking forward to the development of the university as a key element and driving force in the educational and economic fabric of the region.