University of Pittsburgh
August 9, 2005

Pitt Names DiPalma New Director of Research

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PITTSBURGH—Allen A. DiPalma, who has served as interim director of the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Research since January, has been appointed director of the Office of Research, effective Aug. 1.

"Allen shares our vision of an office that will continue to strengthen its administrative and service base to support the University's research mission," said George Klinzing, Pitt's vice provost for research. "He possesses the necessary energy, talent, and integrity to build on the office's priorities. I have great confidence that Allen will provide the dynamic leadership and judgment needed to make the Office of Research as strong as it possibly can become."

DiPalma earned the B.S. degree in business administration in 1990 at Oral Roberts University and the M.B.A. degree in 1996 at the University of Pittsburgh's Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. At Pitt, he worked in the Department of Epidemiology as a senior assistant administrator from 1991 to 1997, in the Department of Research and Cost Accounting as a senior financial analyst from 1997 to 1999, and in the Office of Administration for the Health Sciences as a financial research administrator from 1999 to 2004. DiPalma was named the Office of Research's assistant director for education and training in 2004 and appointed its interim director earlier this year.

As director of research, DiPalma will be responsible for ensuring that the University complies with increasingly complex regulations associated with sponsored research.

He also will be responsible for creating programs that foster a culture of customer service to Pitt's research community, identifying trends in research management so that the Office of Research and University investigators can navigate these regulations more efficiently.

In addition, DiPalma will give guidance to investigators regarding sponsored program management, provide program information services to the campus community, and negotiate agreements.