Interviews completed for new SVC for Health Sciences

CORRECTION: Interviews are not yet completed for the new senior vice chancellor for Health Sciences, according to the chancellor's office.


The interviews for the new senior vice chancellor for Health Sciences have concluded, Senate President Chris Bonneau reported at the Dec. 4 Faculty Assembly meeting.

Arthur Levine, who has held the job for more than 20 years, announced in January that he would step down as SVC and dean of the School of Medicine when his replacement is found. Levine is setting up a lab to study how to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Faculty elected five members to the search committee — two from the School of Medicine, two from other schools of the Health Sciences and one from the provost’s area. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher appointed additional members to the committee to make sure Pitt has “a committee that represents all the needed viewpoints that we’ve got.” Half of the final committee were faculty from the Health Sciences.

Provost Ann Cudd chaired the committee, with Steve Shapiro, a professor in the School of Medicine and chief medical officer of UPMC, as vice chair.

The chancellor will make the final selection.

— Susan Jones