Robert Morris University names first female president in school history – WPXI

MOON TWP, Pa. — Robert Morris University has named its ninth president, who will be the first female president in school history.

Dr. Michelle Patrick was the former Dean of the RMU School of Business for six years. She has also been acting president since April 2022.

A press release said the following:

“During her tenure as Interim President, Patrick has emphasized the importance of organizational culture and the provision of excellent student services, efforts that she is committed to prioritizing as the ninth President of the university. Just last week, RMU became the first university in western Pennsylvania to have its accounting program accredited by AACSB International, reflecting the work done by Patrick in her previous role as dean of the RMU School of Business. . “

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As Dean of the School of Business, Dr. Patrick achieved reaffirmation of his AACSB accreditation, developed new certificate and degree programs, launched the Center for Sales Excellence and the Rockwell Fellowship in Entrepreneurship and Innovation; and re-established the Massey Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Each of these initiatives provides students with valuable real-world experiences and strengthens RMU’s ties with the regional business community, according to the statement.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen as the ninth President of Robert Morris University. Although RMU has a beautiful campus and state-of-the-art facilities, it is the students, alumni, faculty, staff and board that make RMU such a special place,” Patrick said in the release. “It is the passionate dedication of these groups that ensures continued student success.

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“The selection of Dr. Michelle Patrick as the ninth president and first female president of Robert Morris University will provide the university with the leadership needed to continue to empower our students to thrive and our community to benefit from a institution that is “big enough to matter, small enough to care,” said Carrie Coghill ’08, chair of the RMU board’s presidential search committee and vice chair of the board.

Prior to joining RMU, Patrick served as Dean of the College of Business and Public Management at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She earned a BS in Marketing and an MBA from Youngstown State University, as well as a Ph.D. in Marketing from Kent State University. Patrick and her husband, Ron, live in Sewickley.

“I look forward to leading RMU – which has just celebrated its 100th anniversary – and working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure RMU continues to thrive over the next 100 years and beyond,” Patrick said in the communicated.

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