Dean Search

How to apply

Pitt has engaged Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the search. All nominations and applications can be sent in confidence to: Stephanie Fidel (, Ariannah Mirick (, or Randi Alberry ( 

View position description on Pitt's Talent Net and in the PDF to the right below. Electronic submission strongly recommended at Qualified candidates are encouraged to 

Apply online via Isaacson, Miller

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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 Meetings

Search committee members, chair Bernard J. Costello, and representatives of the search firm Isaacson, Miller welcomed the Pitt Public Health community to participate in a series of open online forums regarding the search for a new dean for the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Questions for the committee may be submitted below. 

First meeting: THURSDAY, APRIL 9

The first town hall meeting was video recorded and is now available online to members of the University community via MyPittVideo.

View meeting video

Second meeting: Friday, April 17

The second open forum meeting for the community occurred on Friday, April 17. Members of the University community can click below to follow the discussion via MyPittVideo.

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.


Position Description


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


Randi Alberry

Stephanie Fidel

Ariannah Mirick


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 

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

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

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

Laurenia Mangum, LMSW*
PhD/MPH 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.