Portrait of Nancy Merritt

Nancy Merritt

Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations, University of Pittsburgh

Nancy joined the University of Pittsburgh in July 2019 as Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations—a new leadership position that was created to develop and drive a comprehensive, thoughtful, and goals-oriented engagement strategy for Pitt alumni, reflecting the diversity and interests of the alumni population. She is an experienced alumni relations professional who has progressively grown her responsibilities in alumni relations and advancement over two decades. Before joining Pitt, Nancy served as the Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations at Carnegie Mellon University, leading that university’s alumni relations team and programming. Prior to CMU, Nancy spent thirteen years in alumni relations at Lehigh University.

During her career, Nancy has advised and partnered with various student and alumni organizations and boards. She implemented enhancements to elevate traditions, creating a better experience for alumni and students that garnered increased participation. A proven collaborator and leader, she established cross-campus partnerships that generated more meaningful opportunities to engage alumni while advancing the university’s mission. Nancy’s experience also includes volunteer engagement, event planning and execution, program management, communications, and strategic planning.

Nancy holds two degrees from Lehigh University: a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications and a master’s degree in political science.