Carlow University Names Russell F. Pinizzotto, PhD, as its Interim Provost

Russell F. Pinizzotto, PhD, has been named the interim provost at Carlow University.

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His Academic Career Has Had Stops in New England, Missouri, and Texas

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Carlow University has named Russell F. Pinizzotto, PhD, as the interim provost replacing Deanne D’Emilio, JD, who was named president of Gwynedd Mercy University.

“Dr. Pinizzotto has a demonstrated record as a strong leader in academic leadership who has built collaborative, interdisciplinary teams that have achieved strategic results,” said Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of Carlow University.

Most recently, Pinizzotto was a higher education consultant in New England, where he designed a biomedical engineering program for a Boston-area pharmacy and health sciences university.  Prior to that, he was senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of the Wentworth Instituted of Technology in Boston.  Previous to that, he was interim provost and dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.  Also at Merrimack, he was director of the Merrimack College Observatory. He has also held academic positions as dean at Northwest Missouri State University and as a professor of material science and physics at the University of North Texas.  He also has professional experience as a scientist and engineer in private industry.

“Carlow University is experiencing a time of unique and exciting change,” Pinizzotto said.  “I believe my deep experience as a collaborative leader, life-long interest in educational innovations, and career as a transformational change agent can help keep Carlow on track as it transitions to a new provost.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree in physical chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles.  He earned a master’s degree in astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, and has earned certifications in education and strategic management from Harvard University.

Pinizzotto has more than 80 publications in professional science and education journals to his credit, and has made more than 130 presentations at international, national, regional, and local scientific meetings.  He also holds two patents for a three-dimensional ferroelectric memory device and a portable x-ray diffractometer.


About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s eleven athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.


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