Nearly 10 months after President Michael Driscoll's arrival on campus, IUP celebrated the start to its new chapter in the form of his inauguration.
During the ceremony on April 26, guest speaker Daniel Bernstine, president and CEO of the Law School Admission Council, speculated on the reason universities wait far into a president's first year for the inauguration.
"I suspect the reason for the delay is that it gives the new president time to become immersed in the university and its many constituencies, to get a handle on the issues affecting the institution, and to envision the best direction in which to lead it," he said. "The inauguration formally recognizes the melding of the new leader's vision with the future of the institution."
Bernstine is the former president of Portland State University, where Driscoll served as executive dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and then as vice provost.
In his address, Driscoll expressed appreciation for IUP's tradition of demanding excellence and achieving success through the creation of opportunity. Looking forward, he stated the university community must work together to ensure students are creative, flexible, and agile in an era in which society has seen a spike in many kinds of violence and social, educational, economic, and health issues. He affirmed that students, led by their expert professors, will engage in more research defined in consultation with the surrounding community.
"All families deserve the chance to thrive in healthy communities," he said. "We are in a position to provide the best sets of hands and minds-now and into the future-to ensure our communities are safe and have the services families need and the education systems they want."
You can watch the President Driscoll's inaugural address below, or visit the inaugural website for overview of the inauguration.