BUILDING A VIBRANT UNIVERSITY IN DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH
Point Park is pursuing a visionary plan to become one of the most dynamic, private urban universities in the country under the leadership of President Paul Hennigan and his executive team. Follow the links below for biographical information about each member of the University's leadership team:
Dr. Paul Hennigan became president of Point Park University in September 2006. He served as the University's vice president for finance and operations since 2000 and was named acting president in January 2006 before becoming president.
Hennigan holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a master of public administration degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He earned a doctor of education degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Hennigan was chief financial officer for the City of Pittsburgh from 1994-1999 where he reported directly to the mayor. He was responsible for the development and execution of the city’s operating and capital budgets, as well as short- and long-term financings; collection of all taxes; investment and management of all operating and capital funds; and executive management of the city’s pension fund.
He has also been an adjunct faculty member and senior management analyst for the H.J. Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University. Hennigan worked at Carnegie Mellon from 1988-1994 as a management consultant to the government of Allegheny County, responsible for managing its strategic planning project.
On behalf of the City of Pittsburgh, he accepted the Innovations in American Government Award from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1999. The award was for the first-ever use of the Internet to sell municipal bonds, a project Hennigan directed and it was reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Hennigan is the vice chair of the Pennsylvania Economy League board of directors, chair of the Marketing Committee of the Duquesne Club, chair of the Council of Presidents of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education, and a member of the board of directors of the Pittsburgh CLO. He is an Eagle Scout sponsor for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of Leadership Pittsburgh, Class XII. He is married to Colleen, and they have two children. The Hennigans reside in Franklin Park, a suburb north of Pittsburgh, Pa.
PROVOST AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
John H. Pearson serves as Point Park University's provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs and dean of faculty. He is a professor of English in the Department of Literary Arts.
Pearson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Eckerd College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English from Boston University.
Before his appointment as provost and senior vice president for academic and student affairs in June of 2016, Pearson had a long career at Stetson University in Deland, Fla. At Stetson, Pearson served as associate vice president for academic affairs from 2013 until joining Point Park University. Other positions held by Pearson at Stetson University include director of the general studies program from 2001 to 2011 and chair of the Department of English from 1996 to 2001 and from 2012 to 2013, in addition to being a tenured professor of English.
Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations
Bridget Mancosh was promoted to the position of senior vice president of finance and operations/chief financial officer for Point Park University in September, 2006. She has served in the finance area of the University since 1998.
As the chief financial officer of the University, she is responsible for the development of the University's operating and capital budgets, financial reporting, financing decisions, investments, human resources, employee benefits, information technology, collections, student financial aid and all facility operations. Mancosh is a certified public accountant, previously working for Deloitte & Touche. There, she worked in various industries including manufacturing, not-for-profits, health care and communications. She has also worked in banking in the corporate lending area.
She holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Clarion University and an executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Mancosh resides in Wexford with her husband and two children.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Amy Elizabeth McCall serves as Point Park University’s senior vice president and general counsel. She came to Point Park from the Office of General Counsel at The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to Penn State, McCall was in private practice in the Pittsburgh region.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Drexel University and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University. McCall is a former member of the patent bar.
The Office of General Counsel acts as the primary advocate to protect the University against current and future legal issues, obstacles and concerns. Service-oriented, the general counsel advises the trustees, president, administration, faculty and staff on relevant law, regulation and court decisions necessary for the effective performance of the University’s operations. McCall believes in the proactive practice of law and providing consultation to address issues before they become problems.
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Gary Bracken has served in admission and enrollment management roles since 1988. He began his career in higher education as the director of music admission at Ithaca College. Bracken went on to become senior associate director of admission, and later interim director of admission, at Northeastern University in Boston.
Following his tenure at Northeastern, Bracken accepted the position of vice president for enrollment at Saint Leo University, a position he held for more than 13 years. He managed marketing, financial aid and enrollment services for Saint Leo’s traditional and non-traditional on-campus and online programs, doubling campus enrollments and helping to transform Saint Leo into one of the largest not-for-profit online education programs and providers of military education in the United States.
Bracken has served as a consultant for several colleges for financial aid and scholarship processes and the employment of enrollment management concepts for recruitment and retention. An active presenter at conferences across the country, he has been a faculty member at the College Board’s Summer Institute, covering such topics as “Decisions That Make a Difference” and “What Traditional Colleges Need to Know about Their Online Competition.”
Bracken is also active in the community. He is a past president of the Rotary Club and he served as president of the Pasco Education Foundation in Florida. He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in music education and performance from Columbia University.
Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
Sharon M. Navoney was named vice president for development and alumni relations in July 2014 after serving as the associate vice president when she joined Point Park in March 2013.
Navoney holds a Bachelor of Science in elementary education with a concentration in early childhood development from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Master of Education in administrative and policy studies in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh. Navoney also holds a management of nonprofit organizations graduate certificate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Navoney has 30 years of experience as a senior fund development and advancement professional. She has an extensive background in capital campaigns and successfully managed, built and designed lead programs in all facets of advancement, development and alumni relations.
Prior to joining Point Park University, Navoney was interim vice president for development and alumni relations at California University of Pennsylvania. She also held senior advancement positions at Carnegie Mellon University (serving as an associate vice president), the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation during its $100 million capital campaign to build the new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh pediatric campus.
Navoney has been a professional member and board volunteer in such associations as the Council for the Advancement of and Support of Education, National Council on Planned Giving, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Association of Medical Colleges, National Council on Planned Giving and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy.
Also active in the community, she was a two-term board member for the Greater Pennsylvania Alzheimer Association and recipient of a Rotary International Award in conjunction with their Annual Professional Exchange Program to Italy.
Vice President for External Affairs
Mariann Geyer serves as the vice president for external affairs at Point Park University. Joining the team in October 2006, Geyer has worked with the president facilitating the development and realization of the Academic Village Initiative at Point Park University. The project is transforming the campus and the neighborhood it is a part of.
As the vice president of external affairs, Geyer serves as the senior-most administrator responsible for establishing, maintaining and executing the strategy for relationships with public officials, legislators and community constituents to support the University’s mission. In addition, she oversees the development and execution of the University’s marketing and communications strategies.
Geyer brings a diverse professional background representing proven leadership in senior-level government leadership, economic development, journalism, marketing and communications, and not-for-profit social service leadership.
She served as the chief executive officer of the Greater Salt Lake Area Chapter of the American Red Cross serving approximately 1,123,000 residents in the Salt Lake City region of Utah.
As the executive director of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership from 2001 to 2004, she led the non-profit organization responsible for the marketing and development of Downtown Pittsburgh.
During a seven-year career in Gov. Tom Ridge’s senior administration, Geyer served as the governor’s representative for Southwestern Pennsylvania as the primary link between the governor, state agencies and the business, corporate and community leaders in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
A 13-year career in television news management has taken Geyer around the world covering events such as Papal visits, Democratic and Republican conventions and humanitarian efforts in war torn regions of the Gaza Strip, Croatia and Serbia. She has held positions at television stations in her hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at WNEP, WPVI in Philadelphia and a 10-year run at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, where she served as the executive editor of the television news department.
She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and CEOs for Cities. Geyer and her husband, Dr. Stanley Geyer, enjoy the many qualities and cultural amenities Pittsburgh has to offer, as well as exotic travel.
Assistant Vice President for Admissions
Trudy Williams is the assistant vice president for admissions at Point Park University. In this role, she oversees the recruiting and enrollment of new domestic and international students in undergraduate, graduate, and adult programs to meet the goals of the strategic plan. Prior to this appointment, Williams was assistant vice president for strategic planning and enrollment, with responsibility for overseeing the institution’s strategic planning process, the admission and enrollment of new students, and the integration of these two major efforts with other departments.
Williams brings more than 20 years of senior-level experience in project management, strategic planning, and finance to her role. Prior to joining Point Park, she was the assistant director of information technology for the City of Pittsburgh. Preceding her work in IT, she was a project manager for the Pittsburgh mayor’s office and the assistant director of finance and budget. In addition to her work in municipal government, she has nine years of finance experience in the private sector.
Williams holds a master of public management degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor of science degree from Robert Morris University, earning both degrees with highest distinction.