Provost Announcements

Leadership Transitions

August 4, 2022

Dean James R. Martin, the U.S. Steel Dean of the Swanson School of Engineering, has shared with me his decision to accept a new role as Vice Chancellor for STEM Research and Innovation in the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Research. In his new role, Dr. Martin will work to help integrate our STEM programs and leverage their collaborative potential and build pipelines to further diversify the student body and faculty in STEM. Senior Vice Chancellor Rutenbar and I are grateful for his willingness to take on this important task.

Rick Esch Appointed President of Pitt-Bradford/Pitt-Titusville

July 1, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to share with you that I have appointed Rick Esch to serve as president of Pitt-Bradford/Pitt-Titusville, effective July 1, 2022. As you may know, Rick has served as interim president since July 2021. 

Rick began his career at Pitt-Bradford in 1995 as the director of auxiliary services. In 1999, he was named chief business and administrative affairs officer and was promoted to vice president for business affairs in 2003. In 2012, he was also named vice president for business affairs at Pitt-Titusville.  

Kathleen Blee Transition

June 1, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

In 2017, Kathleen Blee was appointed the Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean of the University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. At the time of that appointment, she said, “The continued excellence of the Dietrich School is essential to maintaining Pitt’s position as a world-class university.” During these years at the helm, Kathy has ensured that, without doubt, the school has not only maintained that excellence but also made important additional progress.

Eugene Anderson Named Dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration

May 26, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, after serving as dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration since 2015, Arjang Assad announced last September his intention to return to the faculty. We subsequently conducted a national search to identify his successor. 

Leadership Transition at the University Center for Teaching and Learning

April 5, 2022

Dear Colleagues, 

During her nearly 13 years at the University of Pittsburgh, Cynthia Golden has established herself—and the University Center for Teaching and Learning—as an invaluable resource for all things related to educational information technologies, teaching and learning, and faculty professional development for Pitt faculty and others in the community.