William Generett Jr., J.D.
Vice President for Community Engagement
William Generett Jr. serves as the vice president for community engagement at Duquesne University. In this role, he provides leadership in support of the University's mission of service and its commitment to the city of Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and the nation.
Generett facilitates and develops relationships with local and national community organizations, governments and civic organizations, strengthening the University's partnerships with its neighbors. Through the newly formed Office of Community Engagement, he oversees the University's government affairs function and its Center for Engaged Teaching and Research, which works to advance community-engaged research, teaching and scholarship.
Generett most recently served as the inaugural president and chief executive officer of Urban Innovation21, a unique public-private partnership. Under his leadership, Urban Innovation21 was recognized nationally and internationally for its work to connect Pittsburgh's underserved communities and their residents to the greater metropolitan Pittsburgh region's growing innovation economy. Generett has worked in various capacities as a nonprofit executive, entrepreneur and attorney. He is a very active member of the community where he serves through several nonprofit boards and advisory committees.
In 2014, Generett was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 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.