Leona Coady appointed to new chief of staff role in provost’s office

The former head of Academic Registry will take on the position of chief of staff and director of the provost’s office

Provost Patrick Prendergast has announced on social media the appointment of Leona Coady to the office of the provost as its first chief of staff and director. 

Coady joined Trinity in 1989, and has had previous management and leadership roles in College, most recently serving as the first director of the Academic Registry leading its establishment. 

Since its foundation the Academic Registry had been subject to criticism from students for a number of administrative difficulties including delays and mistakes in timetables and a cloakroom system operated at the RDS during exam periods which saw students queueing for hours to either drop off or collect their belongings. 

As chief of staff,  Coady will be supporting the provost to “advance his University-wide agenda assisting on major initiatives”, while also ensuring the overall efficiency of the Provost’s Office.

Coady holds an MBA and MA from Trinity , a BA (Mgmt) (NCEA), and a Diploma in Personnel Management (NCEA) (CIPD). 

The provost is Trinity’s chief officer and chairs important committees in College including Board and Council. The role is up for election this academic year with Prendergast approaching the end of his 10 year term as provost. 

At least three of Trinity’s top academics have decided to apply to be candidates in the election for College’s next provost.

Professors Linda Doyle, Linda Hogan, and Jane Ohlmeyer have confirmed to Trinity News their intention to apply to run for the role of provost.

Potential candidates for the position have until December 4 to submit their applications for consideration. 

Interviews will take place after the application closing date in December and January, and are to be carried out by an interview committee chaired by Professor Rose Anne Kenny.

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly is the Editor-in-Chief of the 69th volume Trinity News, and a Senior Sophister student of English Literature and Philosophy. She previously served as Deputy Editor, News Editor and Assistant News Editor.