The dean is the school’s chief academic and administrative officer. His responsibility is to provide strategic leadership for all academic and administrative affairs at Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, as well as to foster productive relationships with faculty, students, staff, donors, alumni, and other constituencies. Pitt Public Health and the University community look to the dean to provide strong collaborative leadership in public health education, research, practice, and service. He is expected to serve as a catalyst and advocate for research that has an impact on science and local, national, and international communities; to enhance communication, and to foster a vibrant intellectual community among all constituencies within the school. The department chairs report directly to the dean. The dean has key relationships with the deans of the other schools of the health sciences and with UPMC. He has collaborative relationships with other schools at the University, regional campuses of the University, the Allegheny County Health Department, community organizations and neighborhoods, and foundations and corporations.