Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and College of General Studies Dean Search

Following the announcement that Kathleen Blee will step down from the role, the University of Pittsburgh is conducting a search for a Dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the College of General Studies. All interested parties are invited to review the information below.

Search Committee:

Joseph J. McCarthy (Chair)
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Derek Dressler
Vice President of Governance, Student Government Board

Alexandra Finley
Assistant Professor of History

Jean Grace
Teaching Professor of English

Jessica Hatherill
Executive Director, Undergraduate Studies and the College of General Studies

Monte Labash
President, College of General Studies, Student Government Board

Marlee Myers
Partner, Morgan Lewis; Trustee, University of Pittsburgh; Board of Visitors member, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Marta Ortega-Llebaria
Associate Professor of Linguistics and Hispanic Linguistics

Michele Reid-Vazquez
Associate Professor of Africana Studies; Director, Center for Ethnic Studies Research

Lacey Rzodkiewicz 
Graduate Student

Kevin Michael Smith
Teaching Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies – Broadcast

Peter Wipf
Distinguished University Professor of Chemistry

Jonathan Woon
Professor of Political Science; Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

Open Forum

The committee will hold an open forum meeting to allow members of the community to provide input at the beginning of the search. The open forum will take place on Thursday, November 10, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and lasting until at least 12:30 p.m., in 121 Alumni Hall. Information is also available on the University Events Calendar.

Forums will also be held for Dietrich School/CGS faculty, staff, and students, and information will be shared directly with the relevant individuals. If you have questions about the forums, please contact Laura Winters ( 

Community Survey

The community is also invited to provide input via a Community Survey.