By SUSAN JONES
Kevin Washo, who has been Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s chief of team considering the fact that 2017, was presented a further title in May — senior vice chancellor for university relations.
The new task indicates he will oversee the offices of College Communications and Marketing, Authorities Relations and Advocacy, and Engagement and Local community Relations — all areas that ended up underneath Kathy Humphrey, previous senior vice chancellor for engagement, till previous summer season when she remaining to grow to be president of Carlow University. Humphrey’s place was dissolved after she still left.
A assertion from the College reported Washo, in his new purpose, is “driving these strategic centers to encourage Pitt’s reputation and price, and to foster engagement and increased collaboration between stakeholders and audiences, internally and externally. This involves telling Pitt’s story via brand alignment, multimodal media and technologies, publishing, and resourceful content material growth, and building and strengthening the University’s influence and associations domestically, throughout Pennsylvania, and nationally.”
Washo has presently hired Michelle Amato, a familiar deal with at the University, for the freshly created function of exclusive assistant. Amato has served in several positions in the course of a lot more than 25 years at Pitt, most not too long ago as main of personnel to Rob Rutenbar, senior vice chancellor for investigate. She will get the job done to strategically align the models beneath Washo. She will 1st do the job with the Office of University Communications and Advertising to greater define how the business partners with other interaction and marketing and advertising team across Pitt.
Washo also will soon be involved in acquiring a new vice chancellor for strategic communications and advertising and marketing. Ellen Moran, who has held that task for the earlier four a long time, introduced nowadays that she is leaving Pitt as of Aug. 19 to develop into vice president for communications and marketing and advertising at George Washington University. Kate Ledger, who is currently assistant vice chancellor for advertising, will serve as performing vice chancellor setting up Aug. 8.
Washo has a extended historical past with Pitt. He graduated from Pitt in 2004 with a bachelor’s diploma in political science and govt. He also served as Scholar Govt Board president in the course of the 2002-03 faculty yr.
The Scranton indigenous was a longtime senior aide to U.S. Senator Bob Casey a White House liaison for the duration of Barack Obama’s 1st presidential phrase and govt director of the Pennsylvania Democratic Occasion.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Washo to the Pitt Board of Trustees in February 2016, which he served on until eventually he was named Gallagher’s main of workers the upcoming calendar year.
Although a number of of Pitt’s senior vice chancellors are officers of the College, Washo will not serve in that capability and as a result the situation does not will need to be approved by the Board of Trustees.
Susan Jones is editor of the University Periods. Access her at [email protected] or 724-244-4042.
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