Current President of University College Cork, Professor Patrick O’Shea is to retire from UCC by the end of the year.
His decision is due to personal reasons and his resignation has been accepted by the Governing Body of the College.
Dr Catherine Day, Chair of Governing Body paid tribute to Professor O’Shea, thanking him for the "outstanding contribution he has made to UCC".
"His commitment to UCC stems from his time as a student here and as President, he brought huge experience of top-level university education in the United States to Cork.
"This has helped UCC to think big and to expand its international activities both in research and in the diversity of its students.
"President O’Shea has been a strong advocate of the importance and value of Higher Education to individuals and to society.
"On behalf of the Governing Body, I want to thank him for what he has helped UCC to achieve in recent years and wish him, and his family, well for the future," Ms Day said.
Professor O’Shea commenced his role as the 15th President of UCC on February 1, 2017.
In a statement, President O’Shea said he is honoured to have served as President of UCC.
"UCC is an extraordinary university, with amazing students, staff and alumni.
"I am honoured to have served as its 15th President," he said.
"It particularly gratifies me to note how well UCC responded to the Covid-19 epidemic.
"The crisis has brought out the best in the UCC community.
"We moved our operation online in a matter of days, while also deploying our resources at the front line in support of the direct healthcare response.
"The further steps we are taking will place UCC in a strong position to weather the storm and emerge as a more resilient and transformed University.
"I am committed to working with the Governing Body and my colleagues in our University Management Team to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership," he continued.
At its meeting in September, the Governing Body will discuss the next steps in recruiting a new President for UCC.