Sutin, Stewart E. (Stu)


Stu Sutin, Ph.D. entered public higher education ten years ago after a twenty-nine year career in the banking industry that included serving as head of international banking operations at Mellon, and President of Bank of Boston International. He led efforts to develop and implement global business strategies, and worked on projects with consulting teams from McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. Sutin co-developed and launched two global business institutes, and was named President and Chairman, Board of Directors, Banker’s Association for Finance and Trade (a subsidiary of the American Banker’s Association). His expertise includes strategic planning, product/service innovation, risk management, operating efficiencies, financial and human resource planning and management, and “turn around” leadership for individual business units. In 2003, Dr. Sutin became the seventh president and CEO of Community College of Allegheny County, an enterprise that provided credit and community education to more than 60,000 students year over year through a complex multi-campus, multi-center delivery network. During his tenure in office, Dr. Sutin led development and implementation of multi-year strategic, educational, student affairs, financial and technology plans. Annual operating plans, budgets and performance metrics were aligned with enduring goals. Special attention was afforded leadership development, equitable recruitment and promotion practices, evidence based decision-making, teamwork and a focus on system-wide academic and student affairs standards. Dr. Sutin served on the boards of trustees of two universities, and on graduate school advisory boards at Carnegie Mellon, University of Pittsburgh, Brandeis, Duquesne and the University of Miami. He also chaired the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education.

Dr. Sutin is Clinical Professor of Higher Education Management on the graduate faculty of Administrative and Policy Studies in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh where he instructs courses in leadership, strategic planning, budget and financial management and human resource management. His research, publications and public presentations focus on improvement of the business model of higher education. Recent books and studies he has co-edited and co-authored include: “Value Based Education: Vision for a Higher Education Business Model (American Enterprise Institute (2012), Increasing Effectiveness of the Community College Financial Model (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and “Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice” (Sense, 2014).

Dr. Sutin holds a Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin, an M.A. from Georgetown, and a B.A. from Penn State. He served in the U.S. Army reserves and was honorably discharged with rank of Captain in 1978.