Brendan Rowe becomes the first recipient of Honorary Fellowship in WIT
Brendan Rowe had the distinction of being the recipient of the first Honorary Fellowship ever conferred by the WIT. The award recognised the major contributions he made to the shaping of countless young minds both in the development of Waterford Institute of Technology and in the wider development of education in Ireland.
His distinguished career started in the commercial sector in London and in 1964 he moved into the field of education. Five years later he returned to Ireland to take up the position of Head of Business and General Studies in Waterford. For nearly thirty years he navigated the changing educational environment and steered the Business School and the Institute along a path that led it from strength to strength. On his retirement in 1998 from the post of Head of School of Accountancy, Business Studies & Adult Continuing Education, the School boasted an outstanding portfolio of programmes and an impressive list of successes.
Brendan's contribution extended beyond Waterford Institute of Technology, however, and he was an important player in the development of third level education in Ireland. He served on the Business Studies board of the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA) and worked on many of their panels and committees. He also worked with the Department of Education as an advisor and examiner and he pioneered many initiatives in the Higher Education system in Ireland.
His contribution to the promotion and provision of education and training to members of the professional accountancy bodies has been acknowledged by the relevant institutes. He had close associations with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and served on their International Education Committee, the Irish Council and as President of the ICSA in Ireland.
The role Brendan played in creating and developing the landscape of education in Ireland, particularly in Waterford Institute of Technology, and his impact directly and indirectly on the learning of so many people ensures his eminent place in the history of WIT.
It was with a sense of deep regret and sadness that we learned of the passing of Brendan Rowe on the 8th October 2005. May he rest in peace.