As America rapidly transitions to a knowledge-based economy, universities are increasingly looked to not only as traditional drivers of learning and innovation but as major employers, incubators of business, infrastructure developers, purchasers of goods and integral partners in crime prevention, greening, health care, and education. Dr. Taylor will explore the evolving role of urban universities and discuss how Gannon University’s broad community and economic development strategies serve as critical engines of the region’s overall revitalization. – Keith Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Taylor has served as Gannon University’s seventh President since 2011. His nearly 30 year career in higher education began as a professor of Physical Therapy and progressed through leadership roles as department chair and academic dean before joining Gannon as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy, master’s degree in Exercise Science and doctoral degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.