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Transition upon Us

Interim President David Werner

As my tenure as IUP’s interim president nears completion, I thank the entire university community—alumni, students, faculty and staff members, and friends—for the wonderful support I’ve received over the last two years. Kay and I have enjoyed our time at IUP and Indiana, and we will value the friendships we’ve made long after we’ve returned to our home in Illinois.

After an extensive search by a committee of university trustees, faculty and staff members, students, and community leaders, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors selected Michael Driscoll, currently provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, to become IUP’s next president. He will take the reins on July 1. We will be in close contact as we plan the transition over the coming months. 

My focus between now and Dr. Driscoll’s arrival will be on resolving as many issues as possible, particularly developing a balanced budget for the new fiscal year. I believe that IUP’s best days lie in the future, not the past. I want to be sure that President Driscoll can focus on making a bright future a reality.

Dr. Driscoll will need the same support from the IUP community that I have enjoyed. I ask that you give him that support in moving IUP forward.

David Werner
Interim President

Michael Driscoll: IUP’s Next President

Michael Driscoll

Michael Driscoll has served as provost and vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage since 2006, adding executive to his vice chancellor title in 2011. He joined UAA after a varied tenure at Portland State University. He earned his doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees, all in electrical engineering, from Michigan State University. His wife, Becky, will join him in Indiana. His two children are students at UAA. A full story about Driscoll will appear in the summer edition of IUP Magazine.


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