Queen’s University chancellor dies aged 65
Dr Tom Moran, the chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast, has died in New York
Dr Moran accepted the role as the university's chancellor in 2015.
The role of chancellor is mainly a ceremonial one, with the vice-chancellor responsible for the running of the university. However, the chancellor will often attend graduation ceremonies and act as an ambassador for the university abroad.
Queen's vice-chancellor Professor Ian Greer said last night: "It is with great sadness that I announced the death of our chancellor, Dr Tom Moran. Tom has passed away peacefully in New York following a short illness.
"We are grateful for Tom's unwavering support and commitment to the university since he was appointed chancellor. Tom considered it a privilege and honour to be our Chancellor, and embraced the role with passion and excitement.
"Tom was a real inspiration to all those who knew him, and will be sorely missed."
A number of tributes have been paid to him on social media.
The PSNI chief constable George Hamilton called him an "authentic advocate for policing and the peace process."
The Republic of Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney said Dr Moran had made "a significant positive impact on Irish-American relations."
Former PUP politician Dawn Purvis said: "So sad that a great friend and supporter of the peace process, Tom Moran, has passed away in his native New York. Rest easy my friend."