Patricia Kroboth

Patricia Kroboth promotes education and engagement

Patricia Kroboth has had a stellar career with the University of Pittsburgh for 41 years—teaching, earning her Ph.D. and ultimately becoming Dean at the School of Pharmacy.

Patricia’s successful life has been a climb, achieved by her commitment to long hours, a passion for the academic mission, and the support of her family. “Neither my mom nor my dad went to college and my mom really encouraged me to pursue a college education. Her encouragement literally changed the course of my life. I could see how different my life was from the lives that they had. I’m one of five children and the love and support that I had through that family really shaped who I am and led me to the opportunities I had.”

Patricia takes pride in being a part of United Way because of the work in education which helps people of all ages. “I recognize that education can change people’s lives. It changes the opportunities that are open to them. It changes the way you view the world.” For her, it’s a strong reason to donate and give her time to Women’s Leadership Council.

Patricia helps spread the word about powerful WLC events likethe Women’s Leadership Council’s Kickoff Luncheon . “I think the work is important. United Way affects vulnerable populations and has its “finger”  on the pulse of community needs. Their approach is impressive and the work we collectively do through them has impact.”

While Patricia’s passion is education and health, she encourages everybody to find what matters to them. “Whether it’s supporting food insecurity, working with young people or older adults, you can make a difference with your time or money.” She believes that any amount of help, at any time, can help improve the quality of somebody’s life or perhaps simply get them through a tough time.

To learn more about United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, contact Lynne Popash at in Allegheny County or Terri Dominick at  in Westmoreland County or Sherrie Dunlap Gallagher at in Butler County