Assistant Provost Nancy Tannery retiring after 40 years at Pitt

After more than 40 years at Pitt and three and a half as assistant provost, Nancy Tannery is retiring, effective Sept. 2, but she will continue to assist the Office of the Provost on a few targeted projects going forward, according to an announcement from Provost Ann Cudd.

Nancy TanneryTannery has led several provost office initiatives, including serving as chair of the Open Education Resources standing committee to promote use of OER materials on all Pitt campuses.

Earlier this year, she co-chaired the successful application for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and helped to launch the new Public Art on Campus initiative.

Before joining the provost’s office, Tannery served as senior associate director in the Health Sciences Library System, where she worked for nearly 20 years in several capacities. She also held a secondary appointment as affiliated faculty to the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine.

In 2011, she was recognized with the Estelle Brodman Award for the Academic Medical Librarian of the Year by the Medical Library Association.

Tannery is the third person in the provost's leadership team to leave in 2020. At the end of June, Nathan Urban, vice provost for Graduate Studies, left for a job at Lehigh University, and Laurie Kirsch, vice provost for Faculty Affairs, Faculty Diversity and Development, stepped down to return to teaching.

Amanda Godley, a professor in the School of Education, has replaced Urban. Kirsch's job was split into two positions with Lu-in Wang, a professor in the School of Law, and John Wallace, a professor in the School of Social Work, filling those roles.