Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees of Friends of Bethlehem University in Ireland:

  • Chairman: Professor John Kelly
    Professor Emeritus, University College Dublin,
    Dean of Engineering and Architecture, Registrar and Deputy President 1986 – 1994,
    Senior Fulbright Professor, University of Maryland, USA, 1969 – 1970.
  • Honorary Secretary: De La Salle Brother Stephen Deignan
    retired Principal in schools in both the North and South of Ireland.
  • Honorary Treasurer: Dr. Dermot McDonald
    Master, National Maternity Hospital, 1977 – 1983,
    Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology RCSI,
    Foundation Professor Penang Medical School, Malaysia, 1999 – 2003.


  • Dr. Patrick Cunningham
    Professor of Animal Genetics, Trinity College Dublin,
    Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government, 2007-12.
  • Dr. Vincent Durac
    Lecturer in Middle East Politics, University College Dublin.
    Annual Visiting Professor in Middle East Politics, University of Bethlehem.
  • Dr. Niall Holohan
    Chairman of the Irish Arab Chamber of Commerce.
    Formerly the Irish Government’s Representative to the Palestinian Authority,
    retired civil servant, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Dr. John Hume
    former politician from Derry, founding member of the SDLP party,
    1998 Nobel Laureate, Gandhi Peace Prize, and Martin Luther King Award.
  • Dr. Dermot McAleese
    Emeritus Whately Professor of Political Economy,
    Trinity College Dublin 1979 – 2005,
    Director of the Central Bank of Ireland 1979 – 1992.
  • Patrick McGuckian
    former Director Almarai, Saudi Arabia,
    lifetime career in international food production and farming with Masstock company.