Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Vice President for Finance and Administration Patrick J. Cunningham, has accepted a position as the CFO and COO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting and fostering the provision of healthcare services, healthcare education, and, when appropriate, medical and scientific research. He will begin March 28.
“There are many things about Pat’s leadership that will be missed—his steady hand as our financial and administrative leader, his calm demeanor, his ability to get things done in a timely and expedient fashion, and his ability to listen. But, most of all, Pat has been completely committed to the mission/vision of PTS and a great friend and colleague to all of us,” said Seminary President the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III.
A native of Shadyside and resident of Bethel Park, Cunningham graduated from Central Catholic High School (with football great Dan Marino), received his bachelor’s in economics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984, and accounting certificate from Robert Morris University in 1988. Before coming to the Seminary, Cunningham served as the Chief Financial Officer/Director of Administration for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Before beginning at the Library, Cunningham was an audit manager with Hosack, Specht, Muetzel and Woods, CPAs. There he managed and performed a wide variety of accounting and consulting services for not for profit, school district, municipal, corporate, and individual clients. He also served as audit senior/consultant at Deloitte and Touche LLP, providing guidance and support on auditing and accounting related consulting engagements. Prior to his work there, Cunningham was a performance analyst for the City of Pittsburgh, Controller Office. For nearly five years he conducted evaluations to measure the performance, economy, and efficiency of the various city operations.
With his family and three children Cunningham attends the St. Valentine Church in Bethel Park. Active in the community, he is a former member of the Bethel Park School District Budget Committee. He has participated in the annual United Way Day of Caring, various booster clubs related to children’s sports activities, and was the former coach of youth baseball and soccer teams. In his leisure time, Cunningham can be found fly fishing, playing basketball, and enjoying his Golden Retrievers.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.