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Point Park is pursuing a visionary plan to become one of the most dynamic, private urban universities in the country. Follow the links below for biographical information about each member of the University's leadership team:

Michael Soto

Pictured is Michael Soto.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.


Bridget Mancosh

Portrait of senior vice president of finance and operations, Bridget MancoshSenior 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.


Keith A. Paylo

Portrait of Dean Keith PayloDean 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.


Trudy Williams

Portrait of Trudy Williams, Vice President for EnrollmentVice 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.