Search committee named to find new arts & sciences dean

A search committee has been named to find a replacement for Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Dean Kathleen Blee, who announced in June that she will step down next year and return to the faculty.

An open forum will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in 121 Alumni Hall to allow members of the community to provide input about the role and the type of person who would be successful. Information is also available on the University Event Calendar.

Forums also will be held for Dietrich School/College of General Studies faculty, staff and students. Information about these forums will be shared directly with the relevant individuals. If you have questions about the forums, contact Laura Winters ( 

The community also is invited to provide input about the next dean through the community survey

The search committee is chaired by Joseph McCarthy, vice provost for undergraduate studies, and includes professors, students and staff from the Dietrich School.

Prior to becoming dean in 2017, Blee was associate dean for graduate studies. She came to Pitt as a full professor of sociology in 1996 and head of the Women’s Studies program. She also served as a faculty member and senior administrator at the University of Kentucky for more than 15 years. Blee succeeded N. John Cooper, who served as dean of arts and sciences for 19 years.

— Susan Jones


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