Keynote Speakers

Tom Collins
Tom Collins
Chair, Dublin Institute of Technology & Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Tom Collins is Chairperson of both the Governing Bodies of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) since 2013, and founding Chairperson of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) since 2015. He was also appointed Chairperson of the Public Water Forum in 2015. Tom Collins was President of RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) Bahrain from 2011 to 2013. He was Emeritus President of Maynooth University 2010-2011 where he was also Professor of Education, and Dean of the Faculty of Social Science from 2006-2010. He was Director of Dundalk Institute of Technology from 2001 to 2006.

Tom Collins played a leading role in the further education and higher education sector in Ireland. He was Director of the Centre for Adult and Community Education in Maynooth from 1994 to 2001, and Government Advisor on the Green Paper (1998) and White Paper (2000) on lifelong learning in Ireland. These papers continue to form the policy background for the development of further education in Ireland.

Tom Collins has published and lectured widely in all areas of education, and is a regular media columnist. His footprints are on Educational Policy in Ireland at almost every level of the spectrum.

Terrence MacTaggart
Terrence MacTaggart
Former Chancellor, Minnesota State University System & University of Maine System
Dr. Terrence “Terry” MacTaggart is an experienced leader and scholar in higher education. His consulting and research work focuses on higher education leadership and policy, strategic planning, board development, issues of shared governance, and leadership evaluation. He has held the Chancellor’s position at the Minnesota State University System and on two occasions at the University of Maine System. He has also served as a faculty member and administrator at several public and independent colleges and universities where he has led or participated in multiple institutional turnarounds.

He has served as a consultant and/or facilitator of board retreats for numerous colleges, universities, and systems. His clients include major public research universities, urban and metropolitan universities, distinguished independent institutions, regional comprehensives, international colleges and universities, minority-serving institutions, nontraditional colleges, community colleges, and proprietary schools.

Dr. MacTaggart has served as Chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has led multiple visiting teams for several regional accrediting associations. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar to Thailand and to Vietnam as an expert on accreditation and quality assurance. His research and publications focus on governance, improving relations between institutions and the public, and restoring institutional competitiveness. He has authored numerous articles on presidential and board evaluation, high performance standards for boards, presidential search, and strategies for a highly competitive environment.

Dr. MacTaggart’s academic credentials include a doctorate and master’s degree in literature from Saint Louis University, an MBA, and two honorary doctorates. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.