The deans of two Pitt schools announced this week that they are stepping down from their posts next year.
Patricia Kroboth, dean of the School of Pharmacy, and Arjang A. Assad, dean of the Katz Graduate School of Business and the College of Undergraduate Business Administration, will move to faculty on June 30, 2022, according to Pittwire.
Kroboth, who has been the school’s dean since 2002, and her leadership have helped the school’s advanced practice residency program climb the US News & World Report rankings from 32nd to 13th. In addition, school enrollment increased 150 percent during his tenure.
She plans to take a leave of absence before returning as a part-time teacher. Learn more about his tenure at Pittwire.
National research will be conducted to identify and recommend suitable candidates to lead the School of Pharmacy, Shekhar said.
Anantha Shekhar, Pitt’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, congratulated Kroboth on these and other achievements.
“I want to thank Pat for his years of leadership and service, as well as for his tremendous contributions to the Pitt Pharmacy community and to the lives of so many people in our area,” Shekhar told Pittwire.
Assad, who has been running Pitt Business since July 2015, also helped his school move up the rankings. In January, the school’s MBA program was ranked No. 30 in the world and No. 20 nationally by The Economist. Poets & Quants also ranked the # 1 business school in Pennsylvania. This month, Bloomberg’s list of top business schools placed Pitt’s full-time MBA program 41st overall, a jump of 13 spots, and 17th among public schools.
Assad said he was sure the school would continue to move up the rankings after he left his post
“During my years as dean, I have had the privilege of working with some of the brightest minds in the field,” Assad told Pittwire. “Together, Pitt Business has reached new heights. I am convinced that our school will continue to rise under a new dean with a new perspective. I am also delighted to continue my role as a member of our prestigious faculty and to further our mission and to develop leaders who use business as a force for social good.
Provost Ann Cudd will announce a search for Assad’s successor in the coming weeks, and Shekhar said a nationwide search will be conducted to find a new dean for the School of Pharmacy.