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Michael Driscoll: Biography

President Michael Driscoll has high expectations for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

A pinnacle of his first 16 months at the helm was
to lead the creation of a formalized strategic vision President Michael Driscoll
that provides a beacon for IUP’s future. As one who believes in authentic experiences for students, in addition to consensus, Driscoll assigned a professor and a group of students to conduct data collection and analysis and then hosted a summit to ensure all faculty, staff, alumni, and stakeholders were in agreement and possessed a shared understanding of IUP’s future. 

With the vision in place, Driscoll has tasked university leaders with formulating a strategic plan that will serve as the map to achieving the vision.

The strategic vision emphasizes a student experience that connects research and learning with solving real problems in society. It teems with faculty interaction, engaged learning outside the classroom and in the community, and an emphasis on face-to-face learning that is enhanced by technology. Ultimately, the document calls for alumni who are proud of their IUP experience and eager to continue their association with their alma mater.

To that end, Driscoll already has set numerous initiatives into motion.

For example, he formed a sustainable natural resource development team composed of scientific and safety experts. The team, which consists of professors and students, explores ways to respond to a growing demand for more information on energy development and guidance on how to use it safely and profitably. He established the Military Resource Center, which assists veterans and active-military personnel and their families with achieving their educational goals. Construction of the Crimson Café, a new dining facility, and a new building for humanities and social sciences are in progress and on schedule. The latter is the main campus’s first newly constructed academic building since 1996.

Recognizing that participatory, shared governance is critical to ensuring a bright future amid challenging economic conditions, Driscoll strengthened the University Budget Advisory Committee’s role in budget decisions and connected its work to a restructured and re-energized University Planning Council.  He has consistently balanced the university’s budget and will soon eliminate the debt the university holds on its premier facility, the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.  

Driscoll holds regular open forums with members of the IUP community and with the extended Indiana community to encourage discourse on issues that affect both.

Before his arrival in 2012, Driscoll served as the executive vice chancellor and provost of the University of Alaska Anchorage, a position he took after serving in various posts at Portland State University in Oregon, including as vice provost for Academic Personnel and Budget and executive dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. He earned his PhD in 1988, his MS in 1985, and his BS in 1983, all in electrical engineering at Michigan State University.

He and his wife, Becky, enjoy all the cultural and athletics events that IUP has to offer. They have two adult children. 

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