Dr. Stewart E. Sutin - STAR Scholars Network

Stewart E. Sutin retired in 2017 after serving for 10 years as clinical professor of administrative and policy studies in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Stu moved to Bloomfield in 2017, and is an adjunct faculty in the Management Department of the MBA program at the University of Connecticut. He entered public higher education in 2003 after a 29-year career in the banking industry that included serving as senior vice president and head of international banking at Mellon Financial Corporation and as president of Bank of Boston International where 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 was named president and chaired the board of directors, Banker’s Association for Finance and Trade. Stu has expertise in international business and banking, strategic planning, product and service innovation, risk management, operations management, financial and human resource
management, and “turn-around” leadership.

In 2003, Stu became the seventh president and chief executive officer 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, multicenter delivery network. During Stu’s tenure in office he led the creation of multiyear strategic, educational, student affairs, financial, and technology plans. 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 affair standards. Stu 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.

At the University of Pittsburgh, Stu instructed courses on global risk management in the MBA program, and leadership, strategic planning, budget management and financial planning, assessment and accreditation, human resources and change management in the higher education management program in the School of Education. His research, publication, and public presentations focus attention on leadership and improvement of the business model of higher education. Dr. Sutin co-authored Strategic Transformation of Higher Education: Challenges and Solutions in a Global Economy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Other books and articles he has authored and coauthored include Value-Based Education: Vision for a Higher Education Business Model (American Enterprise Institute); Increasing Effectiveness of the
Community College Financial Model (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), and Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice (2017). The latter received a Best Book Award from the Comparative & International Education Society in 2017. His recent article, Reforming Higher Education From Within: Lessons Learned From Other Mature Sectors of the Economy, was published in a special edition of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Educational Development (2018).

Stu conducted leadership workshops at the President’s Academy of the American Association of Community Colleges and for individual institutions. Stu presented and co-presented papers before academic conferences that include Leadership Conference of Association of Community College Trustees, Comparative & International Educational Society, American Association of Community Colleges and New England College Council. He also worked collaboratively with educators and business leaders to create the New England Export School (Boston) and the Global Trade Institute (Pittsburgh).

Stu holds a PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA from Georgetown, and a BA from Penn State, and attended executive education programs at the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He served in the US Army Reserves and was honorably discharged with rank of Captain in 1978.

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