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May 12, 2016

Fundraising jobs to be consolidated

Plans are underway to combine Institutional Advancement and the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation under a new vice chancellor for institutional development, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Chief of Staff Kathy Humphrey told the University Times.

Having one person responsible for all fundraising will increase the strength of the units and enhance how the units work together, she said.
A search firm has yet to be selected to aid in identifying candidates for the position, Humphrey said.

Albert J. Novak Jr., vice chancellor for Institutional Advancement since 2003, announced last month that he would step down and return to a core fundraising position for Pitt. He will remain in his current role until a successor is named.

Kellie Anderson has been serving as interim president of the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation since the departure last June of Clyde Jones III, who had led the foundation since its inception in 2003.
The foundation combined advancement staff from the University’s six Health Sciences schools with fundraisers from UPMC’s Presbyterian and Montefiore hospitals.

Anderson, previously the foundation’s executive director of central development, also is interim vice chancellor for Health Sciences development at Pitt and interim chief development officer at UPMC.


In news of other searches:

Human Resources

Humphrey is heading the search committee to identify a new head of Human Resources. She told the University Times the committee has been charged by Gregory Scott, senior vice chancellor for business and operations, and aims to complete its work by September.

Ronald Frisch, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources, will retire July 1.

School of
Information Sciences

A committee has yet to be formed to search for a new dean of the School of Information Sciences. The Office of the Provost is consulting with internal stakeholders and will establish the committee soon, according to Joe Miksch, interim news director in the Office of University Communications.
Ron Larsen, dean of the school since 2002, in January announced his intention to step down from his position and return to teaching and research in summer 2017.

School of Education

Search committee chair Charles Perfetti told the University Times that the search for a new dean of the School of Education would continue in the fall. An initial search failed to secure a candidate to succeed Alan Lesgold.

Lesgold, dean of the school since 2000, will step down in August.

University Library System

Boston-based search firm Isaacson, Miller is continuing to seek candidates for a new ULS director, said search committee chair Alberta Sbragia, vice provost for graduate studies.

Fern Brody has been serving as interim ULS director since the December 2014 retirement of ULS head and Hillman University Librarian Rush Miller.
A search for Miller’s successor was mounted in fall 2014, but was soon put on hold as Pitt and Carnegie Mellon University began exploring possible library collaborations. (See Dec. 4, 2014, University Times.)

The search recommenced last fall (see Oct. 29, 2015, University Times) and a trio of finalists were scheduled to present open lectures on campus in February. One candidate was forced to cancel at the last minute, unable to fly to Pittsburgh following an accident.

Sbragia told the University Times she was uncertain whether the search committee would proceed with its work over the summer or wait until fall.

—Kimberly K. Barlow and Marty Levine

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