University Leadership 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 Don Green and his executive team. Follow the links below for biographical information about each member of the University's leadership team:
- Don Green, President
- Michael Soto, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Bridget Mancosh, Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations
- Julie Cryser, Vice President for University Advancement
- Keith A. Paylo, Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs
- Trudy Williams, Vice President for Enrollment
Don Green became president of Point Park University in July 2021. He came to Pittsburgh from Georgia Highlands College, where he was named the school’s fourth president in 2014.
Green holds a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from Michigan State University, and a Master of Labor and Human Resources Management degree from Ohio State University. He earned a Doctor of Educational Leadership degree from Western Michigan University.
Prior to becoming president at Point Park, Don served at Georgia Highlands College and as Vice President for Extended and International Operations and Academic Dean at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. He also was an Academic Dean for Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had his own firm advising corporations, governmental organizations and educational institutions on training and education.
Green has served on a variety of boards, including The World Literacy Foundation, The Hispanic Center of West Michigan, the YMCA and a number of chambers of commerce.
In 2020, Green was one of 13 presidents across the U.S. who received the Phi Beta Kappa Shirley B. Gordon award for outstanding work in support of student success.
Green and his wife, Cathy, have two sons attending college and a daughter just entering the professional world. The Greens live in Pittsburgh with their dog, Remi.
Video Series: Getting to know President Green
Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael Soto serves as Point Park University's provost and senior vice president of
academic affairs. As the chief academic officer of the University, he oversees all academic programs, faculty, academic support staff, departments of student affairs, registrar, institutional research and planning and the library.
A native of South Texas, Soto holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and a B.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.
Prior to his current role, Soto was associate vice president for academic affairs and professor of English at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He is the author of six books and many articles on 20th century U.S. literature and cultural history.
Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations
Bridget Mancosh was appointed 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.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Clarion University and an executive MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
As the senior vice president and chief financial officer of the University, she is responsible for the development of the University’s operating and capital budgets, financial reporting, financing decisions, enrollment management, human resources, information technology, student financial services, and all facility capital projects and operations of the University. Ms. 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.
Ms. Mancosh and her husband have four children and reside in Wexford, Pa.
Vice President of University Advancement
Julie Cryser serves as the vice president for University Advancement. She has spent more than 20 years in development, communications and alumni relations, having raised more than $40 million since 2006 to support scholarships and student and faculty opportunities as a front-line fund raiser. Cryser leads an Advancement Division that includes the offices of Alumni Engagement, Government Relations, Public Relations and Grant Support. In addition, her division coordinates the fundraising activities of Athletics, the Center for Media Innovation and the Pittsburgh Playhouse, as well as academic program fundraising in conjunction with the academic deans. Prior to her arrival at Point Park, Cryser served as the vice president of Institutional Advancement and foundation director for Pierpont Community & Technical College. She also has spent time as president of the Fairmont State University Foundation and in several advancement and development roles at West Virginia University.
Dean of Students and Vice President of Student Affairs
Keith Paylo oversees the student experience outside of the classroom at Point Park University, which includes 19 different areas of the university such as residential life, student activities, co-curricular and cooperative education, study abroad and athletics.
Paylo's first brush with higher education came when he started as an undergraduate at Robert Morris University. He dreamed of becoming a professional soccer player, but soon learned that his passion was in higher education. Following graduation, he worked for his alma mater in enrollment management for thirteen years, influencing each new class of students on an administrative level. Wanting a more personal connection students, Paylo accepted the position of Senior Director of Student Services and eventually Dean of Students at Point Park in 2003.
During his time at Point Park, Paylo has witnessed the University transform. As the University has grown, so has Paylo's impact on the student experience, implementing an orientation program, growing residential life and new student activities like the Campus Activities Board. Even with all that he's done for campus, he cites the University's energy and dynamic student body as the motivation to continue to strive for success every day.
Paylo holds a bachelor of science in business administration and an MBA, both from Robert Morris University.
He resides in South Park, PA with his wife and their two children.
Vice President of Enrollment
Trudy Williams is the vice president of Enrollment 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.