ENQA has announced that Maria Kelo is resigning as Director, having been offered the role of Director of Institutional Development at the European University Association (EUA). Maria will leave ENQA at the end of 2021.
ENQA President Douglas Blackstock paid tribute to Maria’s work over the past decade:
“This is a really sad moment for ENQA as Maria has been a highly effective leader of the Secretariat and taken the work of ENQA forward in a dynamic and developmental way. I am afraid however, that you cannot hold good people back and this is a great career move for Maria. I can confidently say that all of her friends and colleagues in our Member and Affiliate organisations across the 49 countries of the European Higher Education Area and beyond wish her every success in the future.”
Maria Kelo said:
“I am extremely grateful for the enriching experience I have had as the Director of ENQA over the past ten years. Collaboration with the quality assurance agencies across Europe, the stakeholders and the policy making bodies has been very rewarding. It is a moment of big change, but I am happy that I can leave ENQA in the hands of a highly professional Secretariat in Brussels. I am excited to join EUA and to remain engaged and committed to European cooperation in higher education.”
The ENQA Board has begun the process of identifying Maria’s successor. The new Director will provide leadership and guidance to the ENQA staff and support the Board on taking forward our services for Members and Affiliates and in building strong and effective relationships with stakeholders in the EHEA.