Paul Hannigan has been President of Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) since January 1998. Having graduated from UCD with a Bachelor of Commerce (1985) and Masters of Business Studies, specialising in Human Resources Management (1986), Paul began work as a lecturer in Economics and Human Resource Management in Dundalk IT in 1987. In 1992 Paul took on the position of Head of Department of Business Studies in Dundalk, until his appointment to Letterkenny.
Paul is a former member of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Central Applications Office (CAO) where he was Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is active on a number of national committees of the Institutes of Technology Ireland and is a former Chairman of this group. Paul currently serves on the Donegal Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and the North West Regional Executive of IBEC. He is also a member of the Council of Eurashe, the European Association for Technological Higher Education Institutions, and sits on the Advisory Board for U-Multirank which is a new multi-dimensional, user-driven approach to international ranking of higher education institutions.
In 2007, he completed an MSc in Management Practice at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) through the Irish Management Institute (IMI) and in January 2008 was appointed as President of LYIT for a further ten years.