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President Michael Driscoll: Biography

Driscoll 224pxSince becoming the 26th president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in July 2012, Michael A. Driscoll has concentrated on getting to know the university and setting the stage for progress.

Before and after his arrival on campus, he began the work of enhancing the senior administrative team, which included hiring a new provost to help lead the university’s academic mission. While meeting with students, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends of IUP, Driscoll has introduced a strategic visioning process, inviting every constituency to provide their impressions of the university today and dreams for what it can become by its sesquicentennial in 2025.

In anticipation of his second year, Driscoll has worked closely with the university’s leadership, the Council of Trustees, and the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to establish an aggressive set of goals.

They include finalizing a shared vision that retains the university’s traditions of excellence and success while continuing to facilitate opportunity, strengthening the IUP community’s sense of pride and investment in the institution, enhancing fund-raising, and capitalizing on new and existing initiatives that will improve reputation and visibility.

Driscoll came to IUP from the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he served as provost and executive vice chancellor. He led the university’s strategic planning process, and under his leadership, the university centralized its health-related programs into one college to provide a single point of contact for students; doubled the number of engineering degrees awarded by the University of Alaska system, which, in turn, resulted in increased appropriations; and obtained its largest-ever corporate gift, $15 million from ConocoPhillips to name a new science building and establish an endowment. The Driscolls are the parents of two adult children who reside in Anchorage and who are completing their degrees at UAA.

Before his move to UAA, Driscoll served in several positions at Portland State University in Oregon, including vice provost for Academic Personnel and Budget, executive dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, and professor of Electrical Engineering.

He earned his Ph.D. in 1988, his M.S. in 1985, and his B.S. in 1983, all in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.

Driscoll has a long-standing interest in naval history and he confesses to having “an addiction to crossword puzzles.” He constructed an IUP-themed crossword puzzle that appears in the Spring 2013 edition of IUP Magazine.

He and his wife, Becky, continue to enjoy all the cultural and athletics events that IUP has to offer—particularly the PSAC championship games they have watched IUP win—in addition to quiet dinners in Indiana’s restaurants.

“IUP is a great university, and its community of scholars has a strong tradition of excellence and opportunity that inspires success,” Driscoll said. “I feel honored and fortunate to be able to work with so many incredibly talented faculty, staff, and students. And, I really enjoy living and working in Indiana.”

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