PRESS RELEASE: 10 October 2019

The IARS International Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Frank Fitzpatrick as our new director. He has vast experience on european mobility and cross cultural communication, which are perfectly aligned with the goals and ethos of our organisation. 

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS' Founder said: “After a lot of preparation, on the 26th July, I announced my intention to step down as the Director of the organisation I set up 18 years ago. I titled my blog “Best is yet to come”, and after a lot of searching, I am confident that with the appointment of Dr. Frank Fitzpatrick, the best is indeed yet to come for the IARS International Institute. As I write this, in the UK, we are living unique historical moments, when the rule of law is questioned and peace promises that were made following the atrocities of two World Wars are being revoked. The work that we do here is needed now more than ever, and I look forward to working with the new Director, remaining IARS Founder & Strategic Leader. I invite all our partners, funders, members, staff, interns and colleagues to welcome and indeed support Frank in his new role”. 

Simon Goldhill, Trustee, said: ‘The Trustees are delighted to confirm Frank’s appointment as our new Director, following a selection process that involved a high calibre of candidates, a testament to the strength and reputation of our organisation. We look forward to working with him over the coming years.’ 

Dr. Frank Fitzpatrick said: "I am very excited to be joining IARS, which seems to me to be a unique organisation that both encourages people to participate in society, while documenting valuable academic research that can influence people’s lives and social policy. I have spent most of my career working with people from different backgrounds across a range of cultural contexts, providing them with opportunities to develop and participate in and across societies. From my own academic and research background in cross-cultural adjustment I am very conscious of how the inequalities and differentials in different contexts can influence daily life. I am passionate about diversity and internationalism and I am fascinated at how people connect with each other despite their differences. I really hope that I can contribute to your continuing success at IARS!"



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