Administrative changes you may have missed over the summer

The summer brought some departures and some new faces to key positions at Pitt.

Here’s a rundown of some of the changes:

Kathy Humphrey left her job as senior vice chancellor for engagement at the end of July to become Carlow University’s 11th president. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced in the spring that he didn’t plan to replace Humphrey. The offices of Communications and Marketing, Government Relations, Engagement and Community Affairs and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion now report directly to the chancellor.

Nicola Foote started as dean of the University Honors College on July 1. She previously was vice dean of the honors college at Arizona State University.

Catherine Koverola abruptly resigned her position as president of Pitt–Bradford and Pitt–Titusville at the end of June. Rick Esch, vice president for business affairs at Pitt–Bradford, is serving as interim president.

Carla Panzella started as the new dean of students on Aug. 2. Panzella was previously at Salem State University in Salem, Mass., most recently as associate vice president for student life and dean of students.

Jonathan Helm, who had been registrar at Baylor University since 2011, became Pitt’s new registrar on June 14, replacing Patty Mathay, who retired.

Greg Schuler, who had been at Pitt since 2018, stepped down as chief investment officer, as of June 30, to pursue other opportunities. Paul Lawrence is serving as acting chief investment officer in addition to his permanent duties as treasurer.

Bernard Costello, dean of the School of Dental Medicine, went on voluntary administrative leave in May for personal reasons. Marnie Oakley, senior associate dean for Clinical and Faculty Affairs and interim chair for the Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, is serving as interim dean.

Kati Csoman is the new director of the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs at the University. Csoman, a double Pitt graduate, most recently served as associate director for global program innovation and an assistant teaching professor at Penn State.

Renae Barger is the new associate vice chancellor for the Health Sciences Library System, replacing Barbara Epstein, who retired on July 1.

— Susan Jones


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