William Generett, Jr., J.D.
Vice President for Community Engagement
Bill Generett was appointed vice president for community engagement on Sept.1, 2017. In this newly created role, Generett provides leadership in support of Duquesne University's mission of service and its commitment to the city of Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and the surrounding region.
Generett facilitates and develops relationships with community organizations, local governments and civic organizations, strengthening the University's partnerships with its neighbors. He also works to advance community-engaged research, teaching and scholarship in conjunction with the University's Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research as well as to coordinate and support co-curricular engagement.
He most recently served as president and chief executive officer of Urban Innovation21, a unique public-private partnership started in 2007 by Duquesne, the Hill House Economic Development Corporation and UPMC Health Plan. Prior to that, Generett was executive director of the Hill House Economic Development Corporation.
Generett is a fellow of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and he served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which advises the Department of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship and developing a globally competitive workforce.
A Pittsburgh native, Generett earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law and is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Morehouse College. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Carlow University.