Chancellor Search Committee

Search Committee Chair

Search Committee Vice Chair

Search Committee Members

Secretary to the Committee

  • B. Jean Ferketish (KGSB '81, EDUC '92),
    Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Assistant Chancellor

 

Committee Member Profiles

Livingston Alexander, EdD, has been president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford since 2003. In May 2012, he also assumed the presidency of Pitt’s Titusville campus, in an administrative realignment under which he serves as president of both institutions. At Pitt-Bradford, he has led a number of institutional initiatives to revitalize academic programs and stimulate enrollment and retention—outcomes he is now seeking to replicate at Pitt-Titusville. Before coming to Pitt, Livingston held faculty and administrative posts at Kean University in Union, N.J.; Georgia Southern University; Troy State University-Montgomery; and Western Kentucky University.
David Bartholomae, PhD, is Professor and Charles Crow Chair in the Department of English.  An English department faculty member since 1975, he served as Director of Composition from 1980 to 1989 and as department chairperson from 1995 to 2009. Dave has been active in the University Senate and on committees of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the Provost’s office. He has served at the executive level on several major professional organizations, including the Modern Language Association, the Associated Departments of English, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995.
Eva Tansky Blum, JD, (A&S ’70; LAW ‘73), search committee chair, is executive vice president and director, community affairs, for PNC Bank as well as chair and president of The PNC Foundation. Eva was elected a Pitt trustee in 2004 and vice chair of the board in 2012. She is a member of several committees, including the executive, compensation, and nominating committees, and she chaired the board’s student affairs committee. Eva also chairs the Graduate School of Public Health’s Board of Visitors. She is a past-president of the Pitt Alumni Association and co-chaired the University’s record-breaking $2 billion capital campaign. A member of the University’s Babcock Society, Eva, along with her family, named the Tansky Lounge in the William Pitt Union. She was named a Pitt Distinguished Alumna in 2007 and a Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Law in 2008. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 2009 and has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania's Best 50 Women in Business.
Amelia R. Brause serves as a member of the Student Government Board (SGB) and is in her senior year as a neuroscience major. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, was co-chair of the Pitt Relay for Life, and served on the SGB transitions committee. She is co-chair of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America National Council of Collegiate Leaders and an undergraduate research assistant in the UPMC Arthritis Institute. After completing her undergraduate degree, Amelia plans on pursuing a dual-degree graduate program in public health and physician assistant studies.
Suzanne W. Broadhurst is retired director of corporate giving for Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group. A Pitt trustee since 1995, she served as the board’s vice chair for nine years and was a member of the executive committee and chair of the institutional advancement committee. She also chaired the School of Nursing Board of Visitors. Suzy established the Broadhurst Basketball Excellence Fund and was inducted into the University’s Cathedral of Learning Society in 2010. She was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 2006. The Broadhurst Science Center at the Pitt-Titusville Campus is named in honor of the Broadhurst Family.
Donald S. Burke, MD, is dean of the Graduate School of Public Health, UPMC-Jonas Salk Chair in Global Health, associate vice chancellor for global health, director of the Center for Vaccine Research, and Distinguished University Professor of Health Science and Policy. Before joining the Pitt faculty, Don was a professor, associate department chair, and center director at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to that, he served for 23 years on active duty in the U.S. Army, leading military infectious disease research at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C., and at the Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand. Don is one of the world’s foremost experts in the prevention, diagnosis, and control of infectious diseases of global concern, including HIV/AIDS, avian influenza, and emerging infectious diseases.
Mary Ellen Callahan, JD, (A&S, Honors College ‘90) is a recognized privacy attorney and partner with the law firm Jenner & Block in Washington, DC. The longest-serving chief privacy officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, she also served as Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer. A Pitt Trustee since 2009, Mary Ellen is a member of the executive committee and chairs the academic affairs/libraries committee. A 1988 Harry S. Truman Scholar, she is a member of the University’s Babcock Society and established the Mary Ellen Callahan Undergraduate Student Research Fund.
Robert J. Cindrich, JD, (LAW ’68), former judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, is counsel in the business services and litigation departments of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. Bob also serves as president of Cindrich Consulting LLC, which he founded after service as senior advisor to the president, senior vice president, and chief legal officer of UPMC for seven years. He has also been an adjunct professor at Pitt’s School of Law. A distinguished alumnus, he is a long-time member of the Law Board of Visitors and served as its chair. He is a member of the University’s Babcock Society and in 2010 was named a Legacy Laureate.
Richard R. Colwell, a Pitt staff member since 1985, is the senior client services technical lead in the Swanson School of Engineering IT group for the school’s freshman engineering program. A member of Pitt’s Staff Association Council (SAC) since 1986, Rich is currently serving his fourth term as the group’s president. He also has chaired several SAC committees and was a SAC representative on the University Planning and Budgeting Committee, the University Senate, and several Pitt search committees, including the 1995 Chancellor Search Committee.
Anthony Delitto PhD, is a professor and chairperson in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS) Department of Physical Therapy; the school’s associate dean for research; and vice president for education and research, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services. He has served on advisory boards and selection committees as well as in other roles at Pitt’s McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Health Policy Institute, and the Clinical Research Scholars Program, among other units and programs, as well as at UPMC.
B. Jean Ferketish, PhD, (KGSB ’81; EDUC ’92) serves as secretary to the search committee, bringing experience in board relations, organizational development, and executive searches, including the University’s most recent provost search. She is the secretary of the Board of Trustees and Pitt’s assistant chancellor. Jean is an elected officer of the University and directs the office that provides professional support to the chairperson of the board and other trustees as well as the board’s 15 standing committees. In addition, she teaches in four graduate programs and trains consultants. 
David M. Gau (ENG ’11) is in his second year as a PhD candidate in bioengineering. He is president of the Graduate and Professional Student Government and was named the 2011 Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year, an award that recognizes one senior who has demonstrated superior scholarship, outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities, and general campus citizenship. Also as an undergraduate, Dave was a Pitt Pathfinder and founded the Pittsburgh Association for Leadership and Success. He also served as president of the engineering honors society Tau Beta Pi and president pro-tempore of the Student Government Board. Dave was a Whitaker Fellow and a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and he coauthored several papers and posters and presented his work at conferences.
Dawne Hickton, JD, (LAW ’83) is vice chair, president, and CEO of RTI International Metals, Inc., a global supplier of advanced titanium products and services in commercial aerospace, defense, propulsion, medical devices, and energy markets. She has more than 25 years of diversified metals experience, including more than 15 years in the titanium industry. Prior to joining RTI, she was employed at USX Corporation. A Pitt trustee since 2008, Dawne is a member of the board's audit, nominating, and student affairs committees. She chairs the School of Law Board of Visitors and was formerly a clinical faculty member at the school. Dawne also serves on the Advisory Council of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute. A member of the University’s Babcock Society, she has been named a 2013 Legacy Laureate.
Gerald D. Holder, PhD, is U.S. Steel Dean of Engineering in the University’s Swanson School of Engineering and a professor of chemical and petroleum engineering. Jerry came to Pitt from Columbia University in 1979; he chaired Pitt’s chemical engineering department and served as associate dean prior to his appointment as dean in March 1996. Jerry also has worked for, or consulted with, Exxon, General Motors, Gulf Oil, Amoco, Petrobras, Arco, Norsk Hydro, Allied Chemical, and Alcoa, among other corporations. He has served on more than 20 national panels or committees for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, the American Chemical Society, and on the boards of several corporations.
Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD,  is vice provost and dean of students,  helping the University achieve one of its fundamental goals—educating the whole student. Among  the programs and services offered through the Division of Student Affairs are the Office of Student Life, Residence Life, University Counseling Center, Student Health Service, Student Conduct, Career Development and Placement Assistance, Disability Resources and Services, International Services, Intramurals and Recreation, PITT ARTS, and Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development. In addition, Kathy serves on several  institutional committees and governance groups, including Senate Council, the University Senate's student affairs and anti-discriminatory policies committees, the Enrollment Management Committee (which she co-chairs), and Equipoise. Before coming to Pitt in 2005, Kathy was vice president for student development at St. Louis University in Missouri.
Randy P. Juhl, PhD, is vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance and Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacy. His responsibilities as vice chancellor include administrative oversight of the University’s Institutional Review Board, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Radiation Safety Program, and Recombinant DNA Office, as well as components of Pitt’s conflict of interest reporting and monitoring functions. Randy came to Pitt from Ferris State University in 1979, and was dean of Pitt’s School of Pharmacy from 1986 to 2002. He chaired Pitt's most recent provost search committee and, during the 1990s, he served on search committees for Pitt’s chancellor and senior vice chancellor for health sciences.
Maria Kovacs, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. A member of the psychiatry department faculty since 1977, she is primarily committed to clinical research on mental disorders, with a focus on depression. Maria has been the lead investigator on a series of large research projects, some of them international; she has an extensive list of scholarly publications, and has received several awards for her research. Maria has served on various committees, including academic promotions and search committees, within psychiatry and other departments, and was elected to Faculty Assembly in 2010. She co-chairs the University Senate’s tenure and academic freedom committee.
Carrie R. Leana, PhD, is the George H. Love Professor of Organizations and Management with appointments in the Katz Graduate School of Business, the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), and the Learning Research and Development Center. She is director of Pitt's Center for Health and Care Work and serves on the board of directors of the University's Aging Institute. Her research and training are in the area of organizational behavior; she has published two books and more than 100 papers on such topics as authority structures at work, employment relations, and human and social capital. She has received numerous awards for her research and teaching, including the Aspen Institute's Faculty Pioneer Award for Academic Leadership.
James V. Maher, PhD, provost emeritus, Distinguished Service Professor of Physics, and senior science advisor, was Pitt’s provost and senior vice chancellor from July 1994 to August 2010. He has also served at Pitt as a fellow of the Center for Philosophy of Science (1983-present), chairperson of the Department of Physics and Astronomy (1991-94), associate professor of physics (1974-80), director of the Scaife Nuclear Physics Laboratory (1979-80), and assistant professor of physics (1970-74). In addition, Maher has been a visiting scientist at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, the Kernfysisch Versneller Instituut in Groningen, the College de France in Paris, and the Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago.
Alfred Moyé, PhD (A&S ’68), is retired director of university affairs, Hewlett-Packard Company. A Pitt trustee, Al also chairs the School of Information Sciences Board of Visitors. Honored as a Pitt Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumnus, Al served the University early in his career as an associate professor of chemistry, dean of students, and vice chancellor for student affairs. He left the last position to join the Carter Administration as deputy assistant secretary, higher and continuing education, in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He also served as vice president for academic affairs at Roosevelt University in Chicago. A member of Pitt’s Babcock Society, Al has endowed The Moyé Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, and he has been recognized by the African American Alumni Council with its Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Marlee Myers, JD, (A&S ’74; LAW ’77) is managing partner for the Pittsburgh Office of the law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and a partner in the firm’s business and finance practice. She has been a Pitt trustee since 2002 and is a member of the board’s executive committee, chair of the audit committee, and former chair of the risk and compliance committee. She is also a University Director of the UPMC Board and chair of the UPMC Quality Patient Care Committee. Marlee is a member of the University's Babcock Society and has established The Marlee and James Myers Award for Outstanding Students in the Department of English.
John H. Pelusi Jr. (A&S ’77; GSPIA ’79) is CEO and vice chairman of HFF, Inc., and the executive managing director and managing member of HFF, LP and HFF Securities, LP. A Pitt trustee since 1992, he is a member of the board’s executive, athletics, and budget committees and chair of the property and facilities committee. He is also a University Director of the UPMC Board and a member of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors, and he was a member of Pitt’s 1995 Chancellor Search Committee. John was recognized by the Pitt Varsity Letter Club with its Award of Distinction; named a 2007 Legacy Laureate; and inducted into the Cathedral of Learning Society in 2010. He has established several endowments in the Department of Athletics, including the Cathy and John Pelusi Family Life Skills Program. John was the starting center on Pitt's 1976 national championship football team.
Arthur G. Ramicone, MBA, is Pitt’s chief financial officer. He oversees the University's operating and capital budgets, financial reporting, treasury and endowment operations, student financial services, purchasing, accounts payable, payroll, risk management, research accounting, financial information systems, tax compliance, and institutional research, among other departments. During his tenure, the University's endowment has grown from under $500 million to nearly $3 billion and its net assets have increased from less than $1 billion to nearly $4 billion. Art was a CPA with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now Deloitte & Touche LLP) from 1978 to 1985 and spent three years in industry before coming to the University as manager of internal audit in 1988. Appointed as associate vice chancellor, budget and administration in July 1995, Art assumed his current duties in February 1996.
Robert P. Randall (A&S ’65) is president of Rand Group, Inc., a real estate development company in Wexford, Pa., and retired CEO of TRACO, a leading window manufacturer that supplied 6,400 customized windows for the Empire State Building and 25 bronze windows for the renovated crown of The Statue of Liberty, among other high-profile contracts. Bob was elected a Pitt trustee in 2004 and is a member of the board’s athletics, institutional advancement, and student affairs committees. A member of the Cathedral of Learning Society, Bob received the Varsity Letter Club Award of Distinction in 2006 for baseball. The Randall Family Big Idea Competition Fund awards students who have the most promising ideas for new products, new services, and business growth. Renovation of the main theater in the Stephen Foster Memorial was made possible by the Charity Randall Foundation and was named in honor of Randall’s sister.
Jerry Samples, PhD, is a professor of mechanical engineering technology and the Director of Engineering Technology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. A Pitt-Johnstown faculty member since 1996, Jerry served as the campus’s vice president for academic and student affairs from 2002 to 2008. He was a member of Pitt’s most recent Provost Search Committee and formerly served on the University Planning and Budgeting Committee. He is a fellow and president-elect of the International Society for Teaching and Learning, and in 2008 he received the American Society for Engineering Education National Outstanding Teaching Award.
Jack D. Smith, MD, (A&S ’69; MED ’73) is chairman of the Department of Orthopedics for Excela Health System in Greensburg, Pa. He was in private practice until 2007, when he joined Excela Health, and he served as the team physician for Greensburg Salem High School athletics for nearly 32 years. Jack is the immediate past-president of the Pitt Alumni Association and has been a Pitt trustee since 2012. He is a member of the board’s academic affairs/libraries and health sciences committees, a member and past chairperson of the Pitt-Greensburg Advisory Board, chairperson of the School of Medicine Board of Visitors, and a member of the University’s Babcock Society.