University of Pittsburgh

Stephen Tritch (MBA '77)

Stephen Tritch

Chairperson (retired), Westinghouse Electric Co.
Pittsburgh, Pa.
H.J. Zoffer Medal for Meritorious Service Honoree

Stephen Tritch earned his undergraduate mechanical engineering degree ('71) and his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh and spent his entire career with Westinghouse Electric Company. As president and CEO, he played a vital role in the company's dramatic growth across the world. In this role he also was influential in maintaining the company's Southwestern Pennsylvania headquarters, one of the region's most important economic victories, despite determined efforts to lure the company and its rapidly growing nuclear power business to other parts of the country.

In 2009, Tritch was elected chairperson of the University of Pittsburgh's Board of Trustees. As a passionate supporter of Pitt and the school of business, he has helped the school recruit high quality students to its MBA program, and he has been instrumental in the school's efforts to develop programs in Asia.

Tritch was honored by the University with the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award and as a Distinguished Alumnus of the Swanson School of Engineering. He also was honored by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering International as its 2002 Engineer of the Year and by the Engineering Society of Western Pennsylvania with the 2009 Metcalf Award.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Shaw Group Inc., Koppers Holdings Inc., and PaR Systems Inc. and serves as first vice chairperson of UPMC. Tritch is a trustee of the Senator John Heinz History Center and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Export Council in 2007.