William T. Valenta, Jr. is currently the Assistant Dean of MBA and Executive Programs. He served previously as the assistant dean of Executive MBA Worldwide and the Center for Executive Education and for five years as the Assistant Dean for MBA Programs. Prior to arriving at the Katz Graduate School of Business, from 2005-2007 Bill was the Assistant chair in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh. An alumnus of the Part-Time/Evening MBA program at Katz, Bill was a 22 year member of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police wherein he held multiple positions eventually retiring with the rank of Commander. During his time with the Bureau of Police, Bill was instrumental in the creation of an automated personnel review system, was a subject matter expert in police policy and procedures and oversaw three major change management programs including the creation of a pilot police zone that was developed in conjunction with McKinsey & Company. Bill has consulted on projects ranging from the development of an Enterprise Resource Planning project with the Charlestown, S.C. Department of Public Safety, working with McKinsey & Company as a subject matter expert to create a ten year strategic plan for the City of Philadelphia Police Department to assisting the Albanian National Police Force with the development of effective community police practices.
Along with his consulting engagements, Bill has also taught police procedures and management at Chatham University and the University in Pittsburgh. Additionally, Bill has taught leadership and management in the University of Pittsburgh, College of Business Administration. Bill has also held a number of workshops in the field of crisis management wherein he has lectured or engaged with undergraduate students, graduate students and has had several sessions with officials from Nigeria as part of the Johnson Institute in the Graduate School of Professional and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. During his career, Bill has been the recipient of a number of professional awards and commendations, most recently being awarded the 2008 Annual Teaching Award by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. In addition to holding an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, Bill also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Point Park University.