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Dean, Rowland School of Business

Pictured is Steve Tanzilli, J.D., dean of the Rowland School of Business. Photo by Nick Koehler.Contact Information


  • Bachelor of Science, Business, Duquesne University
  • Juris Doctorate, University of Pittsburgh

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sports, Arts and Entertainment Business
  • Career Preparation
  • Legal Aspects of Sports, Arts and Entertainment
  • Senior Seminar in SAEM


In his role as dean of the Rowland School of Business, Stephen Tanzilli, J.D., has broad oversight of all academic programs.

These include accounting, business management, economics and finance, HR management, information technology, organizational leadership, public administration, MBA, M.S. in health care administration and management and the sports, arts and entertainment management (SAEM) program, which includes innovative learning efforts such as a dedicated classroom at Stage AE on Pittsburgh's North Shore and Pioneer Records. With expertise in sports management, Tanzilli is the co-founder of the SAEM program, in which he served as a professor and chair.

Tanzilli serves the Rowland School of Business and its dedicated faculty, who work with Point Park University students every day to ensure they are workplace ready. He continually works to create mutually beneficial partnerships with the corporate community and is taking all the necessary steps to continue to transform the Rowland School of Business into a true learning laboratory for the University's students, alumni and the business community.

As dean, Tanzilli's main focus areas include connecting students to the industry through robust internships and Point Park's cooperative educational program while delivering innovative classes and continually assessing academic offerings. His overall goal is to provide students with the practical skill sets they need to be successful not just in the professional arena, but in life as well.

Prior to becoming dean, Tanzilli ran his own sports talent agency, Sports Legends Group, a full-service marketing, finance and law firm for professional athletes. He has worked with players from the Pittsburgh Steelers and other high profile clients. His background includes 12 years of experience with 141 Worldwide Sports and Entertainment where he worked closely with clients such as Coca-Cola, 84 Lumber, Sunoco, TOPPS, ESPN, and Kraft Foods. In addition, Tanzilli has worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Johnston Steel Baseball Club, International Sports Marketing and Communicator Sports Marketing.

Professional Affiliations

  • Pittsburgh Downtown YMCA
  • Friends of the Riverfront
  • PA Environmental Council
  • Allegheny Alumni of Harvard, Yale and Princeton Club
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters


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