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March 31, 2016

IA chief to step down

Albert J. Novak Jr., vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement since 2003, has asked to return to a core fundraising position for Pitt. He will remain in his current role until his replacement is named.

Novak joined the University in 1997 as the associate vice chancellor for corporate and foundation relations.

He was senior associate vice chancellor 2000-02, then interim vice chancellor in 2002 before formally assuming his position in 2003.

Under Novak’s leadership, the University has raised more than $2.6 billion dollars in capital and annual contributions.

Novak is a member of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the CASE 50, the top fund-raising organizations in higher education. He has launched a fellowship program in the Office of Institutional Advancement aimed at diversifying the profession.

He also chairs the University’s Confucius Institute board, which has won the Confucius Institute of the Year award four times.

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said: “I have asked Al to remain serving in his current role as vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement until we can conclude a successful search for his successor, and I am deeply grateful that he has agreed to do that.

“Thanks to Al’s leadership, we have a great platform for success. Now, we will turn to finding someone who can take Pitt to the next level in philanthropic support.”

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