As Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Pamela Connelly has University-wide responsibility for coordinating and expanding Pitt’s commitment to, and emphasis on, diversity and inclusion. She also oversees the Offices of Affirmative Action and Title IX Compliance, manages the University’s related regulatory requirements, and works closely with senior leadership in developing and implementing programs that create a stronger culture of diversity.
Connelly originally joined the University in 2002 as an associate general counsel. During her time in the Office of General Counsel, she provided legal advice and counsel to nearly all units of the University. For many years, she represented Pitt in state and federal court as well as in administrative proceedings. Later during her time in the Office of General Counsel, she provided legal advice to the University’s Division of Student Affairs and the Title IX and Affirmative Action office. She also provided legal advice concerning compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, as well as on international and study abroad issues. Her responsibilities covered a broad variety of higher education law subject matter areas, including student conduct and academic issues, employment and discrimination law, breach of contract, and constitutional issues. In 2015, she was appointed associate vice chancellor and focuses every day on advancing the University’s core values of diversity and inclusion.
Prior to joining Pitt, Connelly was an associate with the law firms of LeBoeuf, Lamb, Green & MacRae, LLP, and Babst, Calland, Clements & Zomnir P.C. At those firms, she handled employment, tort, and commercial cases.
Connelly is a cum laude graduate of Pitt’s School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as well as the State of West Virginia, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, and Ninth Circuits, and numerous United States District Courts. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from the Schreyer Honors College of the Pennsylvania State University. An avid reader and a recreational runner, Connelly lives in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., with her teenage children.