State Department official named Pitt’s chief financial officer

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced his nomination for Pitt’s senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer on Sept. 6.

Hari SastryHari Sastry, who is the director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources at the U.S. Department of State, will go before the Board of Trustees this month, according to a news release.

“Hari has a remarkable professional track record — one that is perfectly suited to where the University of Pittsburgh is going next,” Gallagher said in the news release. “I am pleased to welcome him to the Pitt community and already looking forward to his arrival in October.”

Sastry has been in his role with the State Department since 2014. Some of his responsibilities include managing a $37 billion foreign assistance budget for the department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the release said.

With the senior vice chancellor position, Sastry will supervise Pitt’s finances, including payroll, general, cost and research accounting, budget and financial reporting, and more.

“I am thrilled to be joining the University of Pittsburgh family and the Pittsburgh community,” Sastry said in the release. “It is an honor to work for such an extraordinary institution in such an exciting city, and I look forward to working with Chancellor Gallagher, the Board of Trustees, faculty members and staff to continue moving the University and its mission forward.”