As vice chancellor and secretary of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, Rosalyn E. Jones advises and facilitates the work of the board in exercising its duties of oversight of University affairs and promotion of its charitable, scientific and educational purposes.
Prior to joining Pitt in December 2020, Jones was the deputy secretary and senior counsel – special projects at Howard University, where she advised and facilitated the work of the board of trustees and managed all staff liaisons. She was also an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for contracts related to university events.
Jones earned her bachelor’s degree in the history of science (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) at Harvard University. As a Harvard Knox Fellow, she studied the history of medicine at Oxford University (St. John’s College). She received her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, where she served as the assistant to the late Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, who was then a visiting professor.
Before working in academia, Jones was a Los Angeles-based entertainment attorney representing several Grammy Award-winning recording artists: first as a partner at the renowned firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; then through her own law practice, which specialized in intellectual property and copyright issues.