2019 Catalyst Awards | Catalyst Award Winner: President Eric Darr

Dr. Eric Darr was named President of Harrisburg University by the Board of Trustees effective May 9, 2013. He previously served as interim president since July 1, 2012.

Under Dr. Darr’s leadership, the University expanded to include a Philadelphia location; welcomed the largest class of new students in its history, expanded its total enrollment to over 6,000 students from 110 countries, launched new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, secured grants and scholarship support, opened new housing for its students and expanded the University’s classroom and laboratory space. 

His tenure as president includes the creation of esports as a varsity sport on campus. The HU Storm is the University’s only varsity athletic team. Under his leadership, the University is driving economic development in the region through the launch of multiple high profile esports tournaments, concerts, and conventions. These events include HUE Fest, which features the nation’s largest collegiate esports tournament, the PA Cup, the annual NACE convention and the HU Concert series featuring many national artists. 

Additionally, Dr. Darr is overseeing the construction of the University’s new 17-story health sciences building, which will provide learning space for 1000 students.