Catherine Koverola Named President of Two University of Pittsburgh Campuses

Catherine Koverola has been named president of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville. Pitt-Bradford enrolls over 1,300 students and Pitt-Titusville enrolls about 300 students. Dr. Koverola will assume her new duties on June 1, 2019.

Currently, Dr. Koverola serves as the inaugural provost and senior adviser at the African Leadership University in Mauritius, Africa. She has previously served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Cambridge College, as dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences at Lesley University, and as dean of psychology and interim vice president of academic affairs at Antioch University Seattle. She also has served as director of graduate degree programs in psychology, director of the Alaska Rural Health Training Academy, and chair of the department of psychology at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks.

Dr. Koverola is an internationally recognized scholar in the area of interpersonal victimization in cross-cultural contexts. She has developed culturally relevant programs that serve victims of violence in locations as varied as urban medical centers to remote indigenous communities in Canada and Alaska. Globally, she has provided clinical consultation to a wide range of practitioners including those serving Syrian refugee populations in Jordan; victims of the armed conflict in Colombia; and vulnerable children in Guyana, Nicaragua, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, Norway and Finland.

“It is truly an honor to be given this opportunity to further strengthen both the Bradford and Titusville campuses to ensure they keep developing as distinctive leading academic institutions serving the students and communities of the region,” said Dr. Koverola. “I look forward to weaving together the strengths of the vibrant regional campuses with the tremendous capacity within the University of Pittsburgh as a large research-intensive institution.”

Dr. Koverola is a graduate of the University of British Columbia where she majored in biology. She holds a master’s degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Western Ontario, and a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology both from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

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