Phil Bakken

Vice Chancellor and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Phil Bakken

Phil Bakken serves as vice chancellor and secretary to the Board of Trustees at the University of Pittsburgh. In this capacity, he advises and facilitates the work of the board in exercising its duties of oversight of University affairs and promotion of its charitable, scientific and educational purposes.

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2024, Bakken served in numerous roles for the University of Nebraska System for nearly 10 years, including chief of staff for four presidents; corporation secretary to the Board of Regents; and president of the University Technology Development Corporation.

A native of Fremont, Nebraska, Bakken received his bachelor’s degree in economics and Master of Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, which recognized him with a Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2022.

In his personal time, Bakken serves as board chair for Invest Nebraska, the state’s nonprofit venture capital fund, and announces collegiate athletic events.