Office of the Provost

Patricia E. Beeson

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

Patricia E. Beeson was elected provost and senior vice chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh in June 2010, following 27 years as a member of the faculty at the University.

Dr. Beeson earned a BS in economics from Oregon State University and a PhD in economics at the University of Oregon. She came to Pitt as a professor of economics in 1983. As a member of the economics faculty, she built a distinguished research career specializing in urban, regional, and labor economics, particularly the role that institutions of higher education play on local and regional economies. Her academic work led to administrative appointments, and she served the University as associate dean for undergraduate studies in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (2001-2004), vice provost for graduate studies (2004-2005), and vice provost for graduate and undergraduate studies (2006-2010) before assuming her current position.

Dr. Beeson is chair of the University Planning and Budgeting Committee, the Council of Deans, and the Information Technology Steering Committee, which coordinates information technology activities for the University. She is also co-chair of the University’s Facilities Planning Committee, and the principal liaison to the Academic Affairs and Libraries Committee of the Board of Trustees.

She serves on several national and local committees and boards, including the boards of the Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh, the public policy research affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Vibrant Pittsburgh, a local non-profit committed to promoting a more diverse workforce, and the MPC Corporation, a joint venture between Pitt and Carnegie Mellon for which she alternately serves as president and vice president. Nationally, she serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Academic Affairs of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the APLU task force on Managing University Intellectual Property, and has served on the APLU Voluntary System of Accountability Task Force on Core Educational Outcomes. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum.


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