As the University of Pittsburgh’s 18th chancellor, Patrick Gallagher works to advance the University’s legacy of academic excellence, collaboration, and research innovation.
Prior to his installation at Pitt in 2014, Gallagher spent more than two decades in public service. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed him to direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology. While in this role, Gallagher also served as acting deputy secretary of commerce until leaving for Pitt in the summer of 2014.
Gallagher served on President Obama's Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity in 2016. Today, he is active on a number of community boards, including those of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Internet2, and the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.
Gallagher holds a PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Benedictine College in Kansas. He and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of three sons.