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.
Gallagher holds a PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Benedictine College. He serves on a number of community boards, including United Way of Allegheny County, Internet2 and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. He and his wife, Karen, are the proud parents of three sons.