Prior to being selected as president by the UIU Board of Trustees, Dr. Duffy served Upper Iowa as the senior vice president for Academic Extension for four years. He was responsible for off-campus offerings at the 19 UIU education centers in the United States and the UIU distance education programs globally, which includes online and the self-paced degree program. In September 2012, Dr. Duffy also assumed leadership of the UIU Integrated Enrollment Center and the Office of Information Technology which provide essential services to all elements of the University.
Before joining UIU, Dr. Duffy served 12 years as the executive director at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he had similar responsibilities with extended campus operations, and also served as a fulltime faculty and department chair. During his tenure at UT Martin, he also conducted extensive research on student persistence and performance which was published in 2010 as a chapter in the Harvard Education Press book, "A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program."
Dr. Duffy is a retired lieutenant colonel who served 20 years as an active duty infantry officer in the U.S. Army, in which he held numerous leadership positions that involved planning, organizing, managing resources/equipment and recruiting in locations around the world. He received his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy, master's degree and education specialist degree from Appalachian State University, and his doctorate from the University of Memphis. He and his wife, Sharon, have two daughters (Dawn and Maryann), and five grandchildren (Ryan, Brilee, Madison, Bree, and William).