Jay Darr will lead new Student Wellness Team

Jay Darr, who has led the University Counseling Center since February 2019, has moved into the role of associate dean of students for wellness, as of March 1. 

Darr will lead the Student Wellness Team, including supervising campus recreation, Student Health Service, University Counseling Center, and the Care and Resource Support Team, providing coordinated leadership on high-level crisis interventions, management of students of concern, and student wellness-related issues across campus, according to an announcement from Dean of Students Carla Panzella.

As director of the University Counseling Center, Darr oversaw the elimination of a wait list for clinical services at the center; instituted a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion plan to support the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse clinical staff; and inaugurated the HEART program (Higher Education Assessment and Response Team) to provide an immediate co-response to students in distress by both Pitt Police and a HEART mental health clinician. 

Ahmed Ghuman, a clinical psychologist who serves as the associate director of strategic programs and services at the counseling center, will serve as the interim director of the counseling center. 

In addition, the Pitt News reported Marian Vanek, the executive director of Student Health Service, will step down from her position on May 1. She has been in the job since 2010. 

Janine Fisher, Student Affairs spokesperson, told The Pitt News that the University will conduct a national search for both positions and hopes to have them filled by fall 2022.