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Driscoll tapped as IUP president

by SAM KUSIC skusic@indianagazette.net on January 19, 2012 2:15 AM

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's governing body this morning named Michael A. Driscoll as IUP's next president.

The board of governors appointed Driscoll on a unanimous vote during its quarterly meeting today in Harrisburg.

Driscoll, the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, is to assume his duties on July 1. He will be taking over for David Werner, who has served as interim president since August 2010.

Driscoll was one of three finalists for the position. The others were Mark E. Workman, a folklorist and provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Florida, and Uday Sukhatme, a physicist and executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculties at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Sukhatme, however, withdrew from consideration for personal and professional reasons.

Driscoll has been with UAA since 2006. It is part of the University of Alaska system, a public system that serves roughly 33,000 students.

Before UAA, he worked at Portland State University, where he served as a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department, the executive dean of its College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the vice provost for academic personnel and budget.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering.

IUP has been without a permanent president since Tony Atwater resigned in June 2009 to take a position with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Atwater has since been named president of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.

Driscoll becomes the seventh president at IUP in the last nine years.

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