Pitt sets salary for new vice chancellor of business

Pitt set the salary Tuesday for its new senior vice chancellor for business and operations.

Gregory Scott, a U.S. Navy veteran and former Penn State University administrator, will make $325,000 per year, according to a resolution the Board of Trustees Compensation Committee passed on Tuesday.

Scott’s role and salary will be effective on April 1.

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher named Scott to the new position on Friday at the winter Board of Trustees meeting. According to a release, Scott will oversee and lead the administrative functions of Pitt’s human resources, facilities management, public safety and auxiliary services departments.

Before he retired in December 2014, former executive vice chancellor Jerome Cochran performed some of the duties of the position Scott will assume. Gallagher chose to change the name of position to vice chancellor for business and operations this year, Pitt spokesperson Ken Service said, as part of a realignment of senior positions.

According to its Form 990, an IRS document Pitt is required to release to the public, Cochran made $526,356 in the 2014 fiscal year, which ran from July 1, 2013, to June 30. Scott is making less because Gallagher adjusted the duties of the position.

Service would not say how much money Scott will manage in his new position.

Prior to joining Pitt, Scott served as the manager of construction services in the Office of Physical Plant at Penn State from 2001 to 2005. In 2005, Scott rose to the role of director of commonwealth services in the same office. As director, Scott oversaw Penn State’s asset management, capital planning, master planning and project management for all 20 campuses, the Dickinson School of Law, the Hershey Medical Center and the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

Scott served in the Navy from 1991 to 1997, when he took a job at Rutgers University as director of project management. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Penn State, a Master of Business Administration from National University and completed Penn State’s Executive Management Program.

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