Mr. Kelly M. Austin has been named Vice President for Finance and Administration (Interim) at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. His appointment was announced by Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar.
In announcing Mr. Austin’s appointment, President Spectar offered, “Mr. Austin has served the University exceptionally well in his time here. He has wide-ranging experience in strategic planning, financial planning, budget management, and personnel management. He has worked collaboratively with key personnel across campus to improve the living conditions in the residence halls and has enhanced the quality of wellness, recreation and social spaces. His exceptional leadership abilities and capacity to manage complex financial issues will serve the interests of Pitt-Johnstown well as we implement our New Dimension of Excellence Strategic Plan.”
In addition to positions in student affairs, Mr. Austin worked as a senior labor analyst for Continental Airlines, where he conducted extensive benchmarking analyses in the airline industry and developed labor strategy recommendations. Mr. Austin has also held financial industry positions with Norwest Financial and Toyota, where his duties included modeling financial data for strategic planning and resource deployment.
Mr. Austin, who most recently worked as Acting Vice President for Student Affairs, holds an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s degree in student personnel from Slippery Rock University. He is near completion of his doctorate in social and comparative analysis in education from the University of Pittsburgh. He served as chair of the Student-Friendly Culture of Service Task Force, and was a member of the Facilities, Infrastructure, and Technology Task Force, and Enrollment Management and First Year Experience Task Force. He has served as a volunteer with the United Way and the Special Olympics, and led an effort to raise money for the World Vision Organization.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.