Office of the Provost


June 9, 2006

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. David Miller has accepted my offer to become the Interim Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, effective July 1, 2006. Dr. Miller earned his baccalaureate degree cum laude from Syracuse University in Political Science, his MPA at Kent State, and his doctorate at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

Dr. Miller has been serving as Associate Professor and Associate Dean of GSPIA since the summer of 1998, where he has been responsible for the graduate and undergraduate curricula and is a member of the graduate faculty of the University. He is also Co-Director and Professor at the Center for Public Policy and Management in Macedonia, where Pitt has established a program to meet public management education needs in that region’s emerging democratic states.

During his career, Dr. Miller’s academic interests have focused on the changing dynamics of decentralization, particularly as it affects local and metropolitan governance. He has served as a private or process consultant to a number of entities and as principal or executive director to others. Before joining the University, he served as the City of Pittsburgh’s Director of Management and Budget and as Managing Director of the Pennsylvania Economy League.

I have great confidence that Dr. Miller will provide sound leadership to the School during our search for a new Dean. His experience will help him lead the faculty to build on the School’s strengths and priorities during this transition time, and I look forward to helping Dr. Miller and the GSPIA community work toward our shared goals.


James V. Maher

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