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. While in this role, Gallagher also acted as the deputy secretary of commerce until leaving for Pitt in the summer of 2014.
In addition to his duties as chancellor, Gallagher is one of 12 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.