New CFO also will be over Business and Operations | University Times

Dwayne Pinkney, a 1987 alumnus of the Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, has been named executive senior vice chancellor for administration and finance and chief financial officer, pending approval from the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Joan Gabel announced May 30.

This newly created role combines the responsibilities of the offices of the CFO and the Senior Vice Chancellor of Business and Operations under Pinkney. He replace Hari Sastry as CFO. Sastry left Pitt at the end of February for a similar position at Georgetown University, and Thurman Wingrove, Pitt’s controller has been serving as interim CFO since then. The Business and Operations position is currently held by David DeJong, who Gabel thanked in her email for his service over the past four years (see related story).

Gabel said additional details about the integration of the two positions will be shared in the coming weeks.

The Board of Trustees will vote on Pinkney’s appointment as an officer of the University at its June 21 meeting. The Trustees also must approve his compensation package. Pinkney was paid $502,061 in 2022 at Indiana University, according to information compiled by the IndyStar from the Indiana Gateway database. Gabel’s announcement said he would start at Pitt later this summer.

“Dr. Pinkney brings to this role a long-standing commitment to shared governance and more than two decades of experience in a range of fiscal and operational roles, knowledge, and strategic focus,” Gabel said in her announcement. “I’m excited for him to join the University’s senior leadership team and provide expert counsel on financial objectives and policies, including administrative initiatives and programs that support the priorities in the University’s strategic plan, the Plan for Pitt 2028.”

Pinkney currently serves as the inaugural executive vice president for finance and administration at Indiana University, where he has been since March 2022. Prior to this role, he worked at Virginia Tech for nearly four years as the senior vice president and chief business officer and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for eight years, ending as the chief financial officer and senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration.

He began his career in the North Carolina General Assembly as an analyst and served as the deputy secretary for administration with the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State. In addition to his master’s degree in public administration from Pitt, he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and journalism at North Carolina A&T State University, and a Ph.D. in political science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Gabel thanked the chair of the search committee, Geovette Washington, Pitt’s chief legal officer, and Wingrove, who will resume his full-time duties as controller.

Susan Jones


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