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Patrick Gallagher


Patrick Gallagher has served as the University of Pittsburgh's 18th chancellor since August 2014. In this position, he works to advance the university's legacy of academic excellence, collaboration and research innovation.

Prior to his installation at Pitt, Gallagher spent more than two decades in public service. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to direct the National Institute for Standards and Technology. There he promoted U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness with a focus on information technology and cyber security, among other areas.

NIST employs about 3,000 scientists, engineers, and other staff at its two main locations in Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo. NIST also hosts about 2,700 associates from academia, industry, and other government agencies who collaborate with NIST staff and access user facilities. In 2013, Pitt awarded Gallagher an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree in recognition of his contributions to advancing our nation through science and technology

In addition to duties as chancellor, Gallagher is one of twelve inaugural members appointed by the president to serve on the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. He is also active on a number of community boards, including United Way of Allegheny County, Internet2 and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Gallagher holds a PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor's degree in physics and philosophy from Benedictine College. He and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of three sons.

Created May 6, 2016, Updated September 21, 2016