Dr. Chris W. Brussalis

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Dr. Chris Brussalis is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hill Group, Inc., a management consulting firm founded in 1953. The firm is a premier provider of management counsel, specializing in strategy, operations, and measurement. The Hill Group serves a wide range of private and public sector clients, including large corporations, institutions, nonprofits, and governments. Dr. Brussalis is also Adjunct Professor of Management and Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University where he has been teaching at the graduate level for twenty-five years.

As an engaged scholar-practitioner, Dr. Brussalis has technical knowledge, academic expertise, and practical experience in strategy, economic analysis, policy development, leadership, management, and corporate governance. He has provided counsel to Fortune 500 corporations, large institutions including healthcare systems and universities, nonprofits, and governments. Dr. Brussalis also has extensive experience and expertise in public policy and stakeholder participation processes and has testified as an expert witness on public policy, economic development, and planning issues. His teaching at the graduate level focuses on management, strategy, and policy analysis. He also has numerous publications and papers on management and policy issues to his credit. Dr. Brussalis served as chairman of the economic development faculty with the Tri-State Leadership Academy, housed at West Virginia University, where he developed curriculum and lectured on strategic planning, management, leadership, and economic development on behalf of the Kellogg Foundation.

Dr. Brussalis is very active on civic and corporate boards. He currently serves on the boards of the American Society for Competitiveness, Live Like Lou Foundation, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity (President), Phi Delta Theta Foundation, Regional Learning Alliance (Chairman), Leadership Pittsburgh (Past Chairman), and Eberly College of Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Advisory).

In recognition of his commitment to civic engagement and service, Dr. Brussalis was appointed by Pennsylvania’s Governor to serve on the Commonwealth’s Small Business Council. He also served on the boards of the National ALS Association (Chairman of Public Policy and Advocacy, Executive Committee), Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall (President), CentraComm Communications, Institute of Management Consultants for Western Pennsylvania (Vice President), Annual Fund of Allegheny College (Chairman), CONTACT Pittsburgh, Waynesburg University MBA and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (Advisory), and Rotary International. Dr. Brussalis also managed the New Idea Factory, the largest economic development transition effort of a metropolitan region in the history of the United States in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, a network of regional leaders and decision makers.

Dr. Brussalis was selected as one of the Pittsburgh region’s top 20 “Changemakers” and “Fast Trackers” by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Magazine’s top “40 Under 40,” and one of “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest.” He received a Blue Citation from Allegheny College for a lifetime of outstanding service to his alma mater. Dr. Brussalis was also selected by the Secretary of the Air Force as one of 100 distinguished American leaders to attend the forty-seventh annual National Security Forum at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Dr. Brussalis holds a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College. He earned a master’s degree in public and business administration at the University of Illinois where he also pursued a doctorate in planning. He also holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University.