Kenneth P. Service, executive director of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, has been named vice chancellor for communications at the University of Pittsburgh, replacing Robert Hill, who retired May 31.
When Mr. Service starts his new position Aug. 1, he will be greeted by some familiar faces. That's because he served as Pitt's director of news and information from 1994 to 2001.
"I'm excited about going back to Pitt, and I have a real respect, both personally and professionally, for [Pitt Chancellor] Mark Nordenberg. Many of the same people are still at the university, and I am looking forward to working with them again," Mr. Service said.
Mr. Service, 66, of Bethel Park, has extensive experience in higher education communications. He served as vice president for institutional relations at La Roche College and held senior communications and institutional advancement positions at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities and at the University of Cincinnati.
He also held director positions for media relations and corporate information at Duquesne Light Co. from 1987-94.
Mr. Service has an English degree from Canisius College and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
Mr. Nordenberg, who will step down as chancellor in August 2014, said in a news release that he was glad Mr. Service agreed to return to Pitt.
"He is a highly respected communications professional who knows the university, its higher education partners and the broader community very well," Mr. Nordenberg said.
Mary Niederberger: email@example.com or 412-263-1590. First Published July 3, 2013 5:15 PM