Office of the President

Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

This is an exciting time to be part of the Pitt-Greensburg community.

We are both old and new.  With over 50 years as a distinct campus in a University system that is over 225 years old, we are creating a liberal arts education for the 21st century. Our vision and programs seek to prepare traditional students for their first forays into the world, as well as to provide options for non-traditional students who are looking to enhance their skills.

I welcome you to this vibrant environment where you are not only learning for today but expanding your mind to what may come tomorrow in this dynamic world.  Together, we are investing in your future.

We are both large and small.  As a student at Pitt-Greensburg, you have the opportunity to take advantage of the depth and breadth of resources that a large university offers while receiving the personalized academic attention that is a hallmark of this campus and is reflected in our students’ achievements. 

I hope that during your time here you will enjoy taking part in a variety of activities, clubs, and honor societies as well as our growing network of internships both on and off campus.  Be sure to find ways to balance your work in the classroom with trips to our state-of-the-art fitness center, playing in or attending our athletic events hosted by our NCAA Division III teams, or joining the many cultural events planned this year.  Remember: you can enjoy our lovely campus in every season. 

Discover what our campus facilities provide.  Our newest building, Frank A. Cassell Hall, is our campus’ first sustainable building with an LEED certification.  It houses our IT and computer center as well as faculty offices, classrooms, and select places for you to study or relax.  A new multimedia lab in Millstein Library affords students, faculty, and staff with the latest digital equipment to use and enhance their skills.

Finally, I invite the greater Greensburg community, our parents, friends, neighbors, donors, and most of all, our alumni, to visit our campus throughout the coming year and enjoy – frequently at no cost – the many cultural and educational events that are open to the public.  These are always posted on this web site so be sure to check in regularly so you do not miss any of the excitement. 

Hail to Pitt!

Sharon P. Smith, PhD
President
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
 

President's Biography

Sharon P. Smith was named President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and a Professor of Economics in March 2007.  Founded in 1963, the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg is one of four regional campuses of the 220-year-old University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Smith is the fourth president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and the first woman president. She served as President of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in 2010-2011.  She is Vice Chair and Treasurer of Excela Health and serves on the boards of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the Greensburg Community Development Corporation, Smart Growth, Westmoreland Cultural Trust, and Westmoreland Heritage.

Dr. Smith was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for National University and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the National University System in La Jolla, California in December 2005.  Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest nonprofit, accredited, private institution of higher learning in California with the third largest graduate program in the country.  It is headquartered in La Jolla and has more than 28 campuses in 13 major metropolitan areas throughout California, as well as in Henderson, Nevada, and Honolulu, Hawaii.  The National University System was established in 2001 to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century.   Also headquartered in La Jolla, the System includes National University, National Polytechnic College of Engineering and Oceaneering, Spectrum Pacific Learning Company LLC, National University Virtual High School, California Medical Institute, and the National University Center for Human Advancement.

Dr. Smith was named dean of Fordham’s College of Business Administration in August 1990.  At that time, she was one of only 25 women deans in over 1,200 schools of business and the first woman named dean of a Jesuit business school.  She was a Professor in the Management Systems area.  In 2001, she was also named dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration and of the Business Faculty.  She has served as President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Business Deans, of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, and of the NASDAQ Stock Market Educational Foundation, Inc.  She has also served on the board of the NASD (now FINRA) and of the Security Traders Association (STA), was chair of the NASD Dispute Resolution Board, and was a trustee of St. Barnabas Hospital.  During her sabbatical as a Visiting Fellow in the ILR School at Cornell University during 2005-06, she co-authored with Dr. Everette E. Dennis, Felix E. Larkin Chair in Communications and Media Management, Finding the Best Business School for You.  She is the author of numerous articles, of two other books:  Equal Pay in the Public Sector:  Fact or Fantasy and Faculty Retirement in the Arts and Sciences (co-authored with the late Albert Rees).  Prior to becoming Dean, she was a visiting senior research economist at Princeton University and Associate Director of the Project on Faculty Retirement.  Dr. Smith was a District Manager for AT&T in Economic Analysis, in Labor Relations, and in Corporate Strategy and Development.  Previously, she was a senior economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Dr. Smith is a summa cum laude graduate of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she also earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics.