Chancellor Search

When, on June 28, 2013, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg advised Pitt’s Board of Trustees of his intention to leave his position in summer 2014, trustees chairperson Stephen R. Tritch called the search for Pitt’s next chancellor “the single most important task that the Board has undertaken since the election of Chancellor Nordenberg.

“We move forward,” Tritch said, “with the expectation that the strength and momentum that characterize the University of Pittsburgh today will attract a pool of highly qualified candidates. Though the Board of Trustees ultimately is responsible to elect a new chancellor, we look forward to working with representatives of other important groups—including alumni, faculty, staff and students—as we move forward with the process of attracting and assessing candidates.

Read Tritch's latest update on the search.

Search Process

The search’s initial stages—including a series of open forums, during which the University community offered input into the process—were highly visible. Much of the ensuing search activity, especially as it relates to the confidentiality concerns of candidates, will not be publicly available.


Position Profile

The chancellor, the University’s chief executive, reports to the Board of Trustees. The chancellor serves as a public advocate for Pitt’s interests and as a leader who sets its goals and governs its progress. The chancellor is expected to foster supportive working relationships with faculty, staff, and students; build close ties to the community and the University’s external constituents; and raise funds to further the institution’s missions of education, research, and economic development. Learn more »

Search Committee

The Chancellor Search Committee includes representatives of Pitt’s trustees, faculty, students, alumni, and staff. This committee is working in tandem with a separate Transition Committee charged with ensuring that Chancellor Nordenberg’s last year in office is as productive as possible and that his successor has the support necessary to get off to a strong start. Learn more »

About Pitt

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