As vice chancellor for development and alumni relations and president of the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, Kris Davitt directs institutional advancement for the University of Pittsburgh and raises funds for all six of Pitt’s Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC. In this role, she oversees a staff of 270 and also leads efforts to connect with Pitt’s nearly 325,000 alumni across the world.
Davitt’s career in fundraising spans more than 25 years. Prior to joining Pitt, she served as associate vice president for development for undergraduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania and vice president for development at Brown University. At both institutions, she held leadership roles in multibillion-dollar fundraising campaigns.
At the University of Pennsylvania, Davitt provided leadership and strategic direction to secure and strengthen philanthropic support among undergraduate alumni and parents of undergraduate students. During this time, she oversaw record-setting fundraising and donor participation from undergraduate alumni as well as significant increases in parent engagement and annual giving. She also led efforts to secure gifts of more than $250 million for undergraduate financial aid.
Before working in higher education, Davitt held positions at several human service nonprofits in Philadelphia. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating magna cum laude, with a concentration in international relations from Brown University. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in nonprofit and human services management from Rider University.