Joyce Is New Commonwealth Trustee

Issue Date: 
July 6, 2009

Pitt alumnus John Wright Joyce (A&S ’82), deputy executive director of administration and general counsel for the Allegheny County Housing Authority, attended his first Pitt Board of Trustees meeting as a Commonwealth Trustee on June 26. Appointed to the board earlier this year by Pennsylvania House of Representatives Speaker Keith R. McCall, Joyce has succeeded Pitt alumnus John G. Conomikes (A&S ’58) as a Commonwealth Trustee. Prior to his Commonwealth Trustee appointment, Conomikes had been elected a Pitt Emeritus Trustee, and he retains that latter status on the Pitt board.

Joyce earned his bachelor’s degree in communication at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Arts and Sciences in 1982; he went on to obtain his J.D. degree at Duquesne University Law School in 1990. Following a clerkship with the Honorable Joseph Del Sole of the Pennsylvania Superior Court, he began practicing law with the firm of Grogan, Graffam, McGinley, and Lucchino. He has been the Allegheny County Housing Authority’s general counsel since 1995 and was named deputy executive director in 1997. He is a member of both the Allegheny County and Pennsylvania bar associations.