Michael Driscoll: Biography

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

    Since joining the university community in 2012, Driscoll has led the creation of a formalized strategic vision and strategic plan. Both emphasize a student experience that connects research and learning with solving real problems in society.  President Michael Driscoll

    In consonance with those documents, Driscoll formed a sustainable natural resource development team composed of scientific and safety experts. The team of professors and students explores ways to respond to the demand for information on safe, profitable energy development. He established the Military Resource Center, which assists veterans and active-military personnel and their families with achieving their educational goals. During his tenure, a new building for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the university's first new academic building in 20 years, was constructed.

    To combat the national problem of college student binge drinking on the local level, Driscoll convened a university and community partnership in consultation with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to curb dangerous behaviors that affect not only students but also the surrounding community.

    Recognizing that shared governance is critical for a strong future, Driscoll strengthened the University Budget Advisory Committee’s role in budget decisions and connected it to the University Planning Council to align budget with strategic priorities. He has consistently balanced the university’s budget and eliminated the debt on its premier facility, the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, saving more than $15 million in interest.   

    His participation on the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education funding allocation task force reaffirmed IUP’s role as the System’s Doctoral/Research university. The university receives additional resources to support that mission.

    Driscoll chairs the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Committee on Economic and Workforce Development. He played a lead role in writing the recently adopted statement regarding the economic importance universities have in their host regions. He also holds board memberships on the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and Indiana Healthcare Corporation.

    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. 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.