University of Pittsburgh
April 28, 2015

Clyde B. Jones III to Leave Pitt and UPMC

Jones established a legacy of philanthropy for academic health sciences
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PITTSBURGH—Clyde B. Jones III, president of the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, will leave his position June 12, 2015, to become senior vice president for institutional advancement for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Jones, who also holds the titles of vice chancellor for health sciences development at the University of Pittsburgh and chief development officer at UPMC, has led the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation since its creation in 2003 to raise philanthropic funds for the University’s health sciences schools and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC).

UnderClyde B. Jones III his leadership, the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, along with the Pitt’s Office of Institutional Advancement, successfully completed the University’s $2 billion “Building our Future Together” capital campaign in 2012, the most successful fundraising effort for any organization in Western Pennsylvanian history. The foundation has been responsible for exponential growth in philanthropy for the academic medical enterprise at Pitt and UPMC, growing from an average of $40 million annually to more than $150 million in recent years.

“I congratulate Clyde and wish him well on this latest opportunity, but he will be sorely missed,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “Clyde has had a vast impact on helping us secure the resources needed to move the University forward, and he has played a critical role in the successful completion of our $2 billion campaign.”

“Clyde has served our community and UPMC exceptionally well by demonstrating his passion for improving health and advancing medical research and by securing significant philanthropic support toward this mission,” said Jeffrey A. Romoff, President and CEO, UPMC. “We wish Clyde a vibrant and promising future.”

In addition to establishing the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, Jones’ accomplishments also include:

  • Establishing partnerships with all of UPMC’s affiliated hospital foundations.
  • Reimagining the Hillman Cancer Center Gala, one of the most anticipated social events of the year that raises millions annually for cancer research and treatment.
  • Creating the Health Discovery Lecture Series as well as the Winter Academy, held in Florida for alumni of Pitt’s health sciences schools. 
  • Serving as co-anchor of the “UPMC Minute” television commercials as well as narrator of UPMC’s “Medical Mondays” series.
  • Bolstering UPMC’s charitable-contributions work, especially its support for arts and cultural organizations.

Jones has been greatly involved in the Pittsburgh community, taking leading positions on numerous boards and committees. He is board president of the Pittsburgh Opera and a member of the August Wilson Center Recovery Committee as well as a member of the boards of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Fiandaca Foundation, Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation, Washington and Jefferson College, and the WQED public television station. He is past president of the board of Pittsburgh’s City Theatre.

Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Jones was director of development for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the largest hospital in New York City, and its academic partner, Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College. Before that, he served as director of annual campaigns and special events for Lenox Hill Hospital, and he served as the New York Civil Liberties Union’s first professional director of development and membership. Jones also held positions at Gilbert Jonas Company and Strub/Dawson, Inc., private consulting firms in New York City, where he implemented fundraising programs for such diverse clients as the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, the NAMES Project AIDS Quilt, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s Municipal Art Society, and Governor Ann Richards of Texas.