Office of the Provost


July 7, 2006

Dear Colleagues:

President Frank Cassell has informed me that he intends to retire, effective June 30, 2007. President Cassell has served as President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg since 1997. His decision to retire will conclude 10 years of noteworthy administrative leadership and service to the Greensburg Campus and the University and 40 years of a successful career as a faculty member and academic administrator.

Dr. Cassell, who received his masters and doctoral degrees in History from Northwestern University, served as Vice Provost and Dean of the Albert A. Robin Campus of Roosevelt University in Illinois before coming to Pitt. Prior to his work for Roosevelt University, he was the Assistant Chancellor for University Relations, Interim Dean of the School of Social Welfare, Chair of the Department of History, and Director of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Under Dr. Cassell’s leadership, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg has developed a number of successful new initiatives designed to improve the student experience. Of particular note are the Academic Villages, which are designed to enrich academic, social, and experiential learning, and the La Cultura program, whose mission is to promote global awareness and study abroad opportunities for students at the Greensburg Campus. President Cassell has been a successful fundraiser, an advocate for regional partnerships, and a strong supporter of the Campus’s faculty and staff. I have very much enjoyed working with him.

A search committee will be formed soon with the intention of identifying Dr. Cassell’s successor by next spring.


James V. Maher

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