Robert G. Gregerson, PhD, was named the fifth President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg on July 1, 2019.
Over the past three decades, Dr. Gregerson served in academic leadership positions and professional appointments at large- and medium-sized public universities, as well as an independent liberal arts college.
In his previous role as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University, he focused his efforts on a successful advancement plan designed to generate long-lasting, positive changes to programs, faculty and students. In that time, Dr. Gregerson developed a career and peer mentoring initiative for humanities majors, increased online and hybrid course offerings, strengthened relationships with the Seminole tribe for the school’s archeological and environmental programming, and spearheaded efforts to boost student engagement with college leadership.
"The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg combines the power and stature of a major research university with the intimate learning environment and personal attention only possible at a small college. This combination of attributes, along with the potential for further growth and distinction, makes the opportunity to be the President of Pitt-Greensburg very exciting. I very much look forward to working with the University community to lead the institution in its next phase of development."
— Dr. Robert Gregerson
Prior to his position at Florida Gulf Coast University, Gregerson was a professor of biology and department head at Armstrong State University, before becoming dean of the College of Science and Technology. While there, he helped launch the health informatics program, added an National Security Agency-approved cybersecurity program, founded the College Advising and Student Success Center, and fostered a curricular redesign to increase online offerings and options for adult learners. Gregerson earlier served as assistant professor of biology, the Willie Dillard Bryan Associate Professor of Biology and chair of the science division at Lyon College.
He began his career in higher education as a research geneticist with the University of Minnesota/U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Gregerson credits his experience as a faculty member and administrator with instilling an appreciation for how a diverse mix of liberal arts and professional programs provide a breadth of opportunities for students, as well as the important role regional universities play in meeting the needs of the communities they serve.
Dr. Gregerson’s area of research is the biology, physiology, molecular biology and genetics of plants — topics on which he is widely published and for which his research is frequently cited.
He earned his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Georgia, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a minor in German from Wabash College.