2020 Dean Search

Pitt Public Health dean search (2020)

After the 13-year tenure of Donald S. Burke (2006-2019) as dean of the Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health, the University has begun an extensive search process to select a long-term successor. 

On February 24, Provost Ann Cudd and incoming Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences Anantha Shekhar announced a search committee of faculty, staff, and student representatives as well as the selection of executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.

For more information on the search process, download the University Senate's Guidelines for Search Committees for Senior Academic Administrators (PDF).


Search committee members and search chair Bernard J. Costello are pleased to announce an open VIRTUAL meeting of the search committee for a new dean for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. All are welcome to participate. Representatives from the search firm Isaacson, Miller will also participate.Dean Search Town Hall flyer

The meeting will be live-streamed on this page (details to come). Questions for the committee may be submitted below.

Thursday, April 9, 2020   4:30 p.m.

The meeting will take place via ZOOM, and questions for the committee may be submitted online at www.publichealth.pitt.edu/dean-search.

Use the Zoom link above or dial in from your phone:   +1 267 831 0333 US / 877 853 5247 US Toll-free.   Meeting ID: 787 183 377

The committee will schedule additional open meetings through summer 2020. For details, view governance meeting schedule

Question/Comment Form

Please share any question(s) and/or comment(s) for the dean search committee. Feel free to share your contact information or to remain anonymous.



Joanna (Getting) Spontak 
Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences
(412) 648-2088 direct

Committee Members

Committee Chair
Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD, FACS
Dean and Thomas W. Braun Endowed Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Program Director, Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery Fellowship
Chair, Pitt Public Health Dean Search Committee

Committee Members
Aaron Barchowsky, PhD*
Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

Renae Brinza, MS*
Associate Dean of Finance and Administration, Pitt Public Health

Robert W.S. Coulter, PhD, MPH*
Assistant Professor of Behavioral & Community Health Sciences (Public Health) and Pediatrics (School of Medicine)

Paula K. Davis, MA, CDE
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Health Sciences

Ying Ding, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics 

Diane P. Holder
Executive Vice President, UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)
President, Insurance Services Division
President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan


Tiffany L. Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS
Associate Professor, Departments of Epidemiology and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Director, Health Equity Certificate Program

Marian P. Jarlenski, PhD, MPH*
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management

Laurenia Mangum, LMSW*
PhD/MD student
Paul D. Coverdell Fellow

Dara D. Mendez, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Anne B. Newman, MD, MPH
Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Pitt Public Health
Katherine M. Detre Endowed Chair of Population Health Sciences

Steven E. Reis, MD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, Health Sciences
Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Robert J. Weyant, DMD, DrPH
Professor and Chair, Dental Public Health
Associate Dean of Dental Public Health and Community Outreach, University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Professor of Epidemiology

Ada Youk, PhD*
Associate Professor of Biostatistics, MS Program Director

* Indicates election by Pitt Public Health peers.