April E. Belback

  • Director of Student Success

April E. Belback is the Director of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring. She leads and implements an institutional collaborative vision for advising, mentoring and student success best practices and professional development, including initiatives such as University Undergraduate Advising Committee (UUAC), Pitt ACT Program, We @ Pitt Coalition, and Mentoring and Advising Summit.  

Prior to joining Pitt, Belback served as the Director of Advising and Division of Undergraduate Studies Coordinator at The Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny Campus. Under her direction, the Advising Office launched a host of new campus-wide initiatives including the rollout of new training curricula and professional development experiences for academic advisers, orientation programming, and the formation of a campus-wide student success and support collaborative. Additionally, Belback served the campus as the Program Director for TRIO Student Support Services.

Earlier in her career, Belback taught high school English, and was awarded “Educator of the Year” for Secondary Schools by the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. A proud first-generation college student, Belback earned her DEd in Administration and Leadership Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a MSEd in Secondary English Education and a BA in English from Duquesne University. Her research is focused on advising, retention, student success, and leadership. She recently published a conceptual piece on Advising Students Foreclosed to Academic Major Decisions.