The trustees of The Dietrich Foundation include five Educational Institution Trustees and four Community Trustees
G. Nicholas Beckwith III
Representing the University of Pittsburgh
Mr. Beckwith is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Arch Street Management, LLC, based in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Mr. Beckwith previously was the President and CEO of Beckwith Machinery Company in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. He is active in the Western Pennsylvania community and presently serves as the Chair of the board of Directors of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The UPMC hospital system is the largest academic medical center in the United States and its academic affiliate, the University of Pittsburgh, now ranks fifth in funding from the National Institute of Health. Mr. Beckwith also serves on the boards of the University of Pittsburgh, Brown University’s Advisory Council on Biology and Medicine, Chatham University, and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. He is also an emeritus trustee of Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh. He is a 1967 graduate of Brown University.
Anne Dietrich Diemer
Anne Dietrich Diemer is a Senior Wealth Strategy Associate with UBS Financial Services and the daughter of William S. Dietrich II, the founder of The Dietrich Foundation. Prior to joining UBS, she was an Associate in the Wealth Management Group at Jefferies & Company, Inc. and a Sales Associate at Credit Suisse Securities. Mrs. Diemer graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She spent a year of her undergraduate studies at the London School of Economics.
Patrick D. Gallagher
Representing the University of Pittsburgh
Patrick Gallagher has served as chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh—one of the nation’s premier public institutions for higher education and research—since 2014. Prior to this role, Gallagher led efforts to promote innovation and industrial competitiveness in the United States, serving as acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Benedictine College in Kansas and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pittsburgh.
Edward J. Grefenstette
Mr. Grefenstette serves as the President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of The Dietrich Foundation. Prior to joining the Dietrich Charitable Trusts in April 2010 (now The Dietrich Foundation), he served as Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He previously co-founded Commonwealth Capital Group, L.P., a small-cap private equity fund, following seven years in investment banking and law. He earned his AB in Economics with honors from Georgetown University, a JD with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, and an MBA in Finance and Strategy with honors from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to serving as a Trustee of The Dietrich Foundation, he also serves as a trustee and member of the Investment Committee of Carnegie Mellon University, a trustee and member of the Investment Committee of the University of Pittsburgh, a member of the investment committee of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a trustee of the Hillman Family Foundations and a director of The Hillman Company.
Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Jahanian, who had served as Interim President of Carnegie Mellon University since July 1, 2017, was appointed as CMU’s tenth President in March 2018. He first joined the university in 2014 as its Vice President for Research and in 2015, became the university’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Dr. Jahanian holds faculty appointments in the School of Computer Science, the College of Engineering and the H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to CMU, he led the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) from 2011 to 2014. He was on the faculty at the University of Michigan from 1993 to 2014, where he held the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professorship in the College of Engineering, and served as Chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007 to 2011 and the Director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997 to 2000. The author of over 100 published research papers, Jahanian has also served on dozens of national advisory boards and panels. He is on the executive committee of the US Council on Competitiveness, serves as chair of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) and is a board member of the Computing Research Association (CRA), the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Pittsburgh Council of Higher Education (PCHE), the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Dr. Jahanian holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Eric C. Johnson
Eric C. Johnson (“Rick”) is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Financial Officer of The Hillman Company, a private investment company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Johnson joined The Hillman Company in 1998 and is responsible for the financial affairs of the company and related entities. Prior to joining The Hillman Company, Mr. Johnson spent 15 years with PNC Bank, N.A. in a variety of positions within corporate banking. His last position at PNC was as Senior Vice President, National Corporate Banking. He is a board member of The Hillman Company and the Strategic Investment Fund. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Visitors at Duke Divinity School. Mr. Johnson received an A.B. in Economics from Duke University in 1981 and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1983.
Mark J. Laskow
Community Trustee, Board Chairman
Mr. Laskow is the former Chief Executive Officer of Greycourt & Co., Inc., based in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Greycourt, Mr. Laskow was Vice President and a director of The Hillman Company, where he managed investments in energy and international private equity and was involved in many aspects of the private equity program. He has significant experience in a variety of wealth management issues affecting wealthy families, including family office management, family dynamics, tax and estate planning, issues associated with closely held and public companies, and the design and execution of private equity strategies via direct investments and investment partnerships. Mr. Laskow is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He is also Chair of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, Vice Chair of the Shadyside Hospital Foundation, Vice Chair of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Chair of the UPMC Health Plan.
James E. Rohr
Representing Carnegie Mellon University
Mr. Rohr is the Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), based in Pittsburgh. Over more than 40 years, he has held a variety of leadership positions with the company. Named CEO in 2000, Mr. Rohr oversaw the company’s expansion to become one of the largest regional banks in the country, with a footprint covering one-third of the U.S. population. During his time as CEO, the company grew assets four-fold and engaged in 10 acquisitions, including the integrations of National City and the retail branch network of RBC Bank (USA). For his leadership, Mr. Rohr was named American Banker’s “Banker of the Year” for 2007. He stepped down as CEO in April 2013. Mr. Rohr also is a director of ATI, ECHO Realty, EQT Corporation, and Marathon Petroleum Corporation and is past chair of The Financial Services Roundtable. He was president of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System. In addition, Mr. Rohr supports a number of civic, cultural and academic organizations. He serves on the board of directors for The Heinz Endowments; is a trustee of the Allegheny Foundation; is a member of the board of trustees and serves on the executive committee for the Committee for Economic Development; is chair of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University and member of the board of The University of Notre Dame; is past chairman and a member of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; and is past chairman of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. Mr. Rohr earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 from the University of Notre Dame and his Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University in 1972.
Representing Thiel College
Dr. Traverso was announced as Thiel College’s 20th president on May 17, 2016. Coeducational from its founding in 1866, Thiel College named her as its first female president during its historic sesquicentennial year. Dr. Traverso had served as the provost and senior vice president at Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, Pa.) and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Redlands (Redlands, Ca.). A scholar of American social and political history and an expert in U.S. women’s history, she is the author of Welfare Politics in Boston, 1910-1940 (University of Massachusetts Press). A recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Traverso is active with several national organizations, including the Council of Independent Colleges and the Association of American Colleges & Universities. She has been invited to speak nationally and has led workshops on leadership, board governance, and student learning. Dr. Traverso earned her bachelor’s degree in history and communication from Simmons College (Boston, Mass.), and doctoral and master’s degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.