Mike Boylan: Robert Morris University Mike Boylan | Robert Morris University

Undergraduate

When he was in high school, Mike Boylan '12 M'13 started working with Apple systems, and at Robert Morris, he was a reliable Mac and iOS expert for the university while earning a B.S./M.S. in competitive intelligence systems. Now a systems engineer for Apple's U.S. education sales team, Boylan still helps educators and students throughout the Pittsburgh area and West Virginia get the most out of their Macs and iOS devices.

“RMU has been a great fit for me,” Boylan says. “I knew that I did not want to become solely a computer programmer, nor did I want to become solely a computer hardware engineer. RMU’s degree programs in computer and information systems blend those two traditional degree programs into one and incorporate the university’s long-standing tradition of excellence in business.”

As a former senior systems engineer for the university's IT department, Boylan administered and managed all of the university’s Macs and iOS devices, as well as worked on many other components of RMU’s core server infrastructure. He was invited to speak at major conferences in San Francisco, including Macworld’s MacIT, where he presented alongside some of the most respected Mac and iOS enterprise administrators in the country.

Boylan says he has always felt a deep connection to RMU and an appreciation for the opportunities it provided him, beginning with a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship based on high school academic performance. It’s why he believes so strongly in giving back to RMU financially. He’s been a President’s Council-level donor for the past two years, and is now the youngest alum ever to make a bequest to the university in his will.

“The university has invested a lot in me,” he says. “I just felt it was right to invest back in the future of RMU.”