POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- The faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Executive Doctorate in Higher Education Management program voted to accept Associate Dean of the College Edward Pittman into its tenth annual cohort of students, and Dean Pittman began the program in August.
The University of Pennsylvania doctoral program trains an emerging generation of top higher education leaders -- from campuses, government, and affiliated organizations -- to manage resources strategically, leverage evidence-based decision making, create entrepreneurial opportunities, challenge practices critically, and conquer the dynamics of complex organizations. Each cohort of approximately two dozen senior managers and executives functions as a community of learners, and the program is structured for participants to complete their doctorate without career interruption. A 2-week study trip in Astana, Kazakhstan, in part to advise that country's higher education system, will be one of the program's highlights.
About Edward Pittman
Edward Pittman is the Associate Dean of the College for Campus Life at Vassar College. He is responsible for several areas of student and campus life, including First Year Programs, student engagement and dialogue programs, campus student crisis response, Religious and Spiritual Life, and three cultural centers—the ALANA Center (African American, Latino, Asian/Asian American, Native American, LGBTQ Center (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer), and Women’s Center. He began his Vassar career in 1990 as Director of Multicultural Affairs, and has developed several initiatives, including cultural centers and a Ford Foundation Curricular Diversity grant in collaboration with faculty members. Prior to Vassar, Pittman worked in admissions and as an Adjunct Lecturer in Behavior Sciences for the State University of New York at Dutchess Community College. In the mid-1990s he was also president of the Poughkeepsie City School Board, and as a consultant he has worked with colleges, non-profit organizations, and community agencies.
Recognized for his work in diversity and student engagement, Pittman continues to develop dialogue approaches for navigating the opportunities and challenges presented by diversity. Since 2000 Pittman has been active on the national leadership team of the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS), a group of small liberal arts colleges dedicated to enhancing academic success among all students and particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds. He currently chairs the CHAS steering board.
Pittman graduated from Vassar in 1982 with a Bachelor's degree in sociology. He then earned his Master's in Professional Studies in Education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Raised in Poughkeepsie and a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, Pittman was also recently appointed a trustee of the Dutchess County Historical Society.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.