Dr. Patricia E. Beeson was elected provost by the University’s Board of Trustees in June 2010.
As provost and senior vice chancellor, Dr. Beeson is the chief academic officer of the University, exercising general oversight over academic affairs on all five Pitt campuses. She works closely with Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and other members of the University’s leadership team, providing the academic vision and the fiscal discipline to foster future success in an environment characterized not only by nearly limitless opportunities but also by clearly limited resources. As provost, she is responsible for initiating and promoting the University’s commitment to excellence in education and research and to strong partnerships in community development, while also securing an adequate resource base and ensuring the University’s operational effectiveness. In addition to leading the University's efforts to advance teaching and research, she has administrative responsibility for numerous University-wide centers and support services, student affairs, computing and technology, and the offices of research, research compliance, and technology management.