Advisory Council members are alumni and friends of the school:

John Surma

John P. Surma

Former Executive Chairman & CEO, U.S. Steel Corporation

John P. Surma is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of United States Steel Corporation, an integrated steel producer with operations in the United States, Canada and Central Europe.

Mr. Surma began his career with United States Steel as vice chairman and chief financial officer in January 2002. He was named president in March 2003, president and chief operating officer in June 2003, president and chief executive officer in 2004, and chairman in February 2006.

Mr. Surma was previously a partner at Price Waterhouse LLP and held senior management positions at Marathon Oil Company, Speedway SuperAmerica LLC and Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC (MAP).

In 1983, Mr. Surma participated in the President’s Executive Exchange Program in Washington, D.C., where he served as executive staff assistant to the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board.

Mr. Surma is a member of the board of directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, MPLX, Concho Resources, Inc., and Ingersoll Rand. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations and served as vice chairman. He serves on the board of directors of the National Safety Council.

He is also member of the board of directors and executive committee of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Allegheny County Parks Foundation.