Dr. Frank Dooley, chancellor of Purdue Global, oversees academics for approximately 36,000 students, most of whom earn their degrees online. Purdue Global is part of the Purdue University system, a highly ranked public research university whose flagship institution is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Prior to becoming Purdue Global chancellor elect, Dooley was senior vice provost for teaching and learning at Purdue University, where he earned an international reputation as being a gifted and innovative teacher, as well as a creative researcher.
Dooley joined the Provost Office in 2011, becoming vice provost in 2014. He provided leadership for undergraduate education, including curriculum governance, academic policy development, and general academic program implementation. Dooley promoted and supported efforts to increase student success (retention, persistence, and graduation) while maintaining Purdue’s reputation for academic rigor. Beginning in May 2017, he was a key leader of the Purdue team that secured regulatory approvals and helped launch Purdue Global, extending Purdue’s land-grant mission to students from across the state and around the nation.
Dooley has received numerous awards for teaching, research, and service, including the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2009, Purdue's highest award for teaching. He was inducted into Purdue's Teaching Academy in 2002 and into the University's Book of Great Teachers in 2014. Dooley was selected as a recipient of the EDGE Commendation for Innovation in Undergraduate Education by The Gardner Institute in 2021.
His research interests include logistical and supply chain management for food and agribusiness. His publication record includes chapters in 6 books and more than 200 articles and other publications. Dooley, who received his bachelor's degree from St. John's University, his Juris Doctor from University of North Dakota, and his doctoral degree from Washington State University, came to Purdue's Department of Agricultural Economics in 1998.
He and his wife Pamela have two daughters.