As controller, Thurman is responsible for all financing reporting and accounting activities for the University, as well as the coordination of the annual operating budget. Thurman manages a professional staff of 90 individuals including the student financial services department.
Prior to his role as controller, Thurman served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Financial Information, and as Interim Chief Financial Officer in 2018. When he first came to Pitt in 1990, Thurman served as the assistant manager of general accounting and later as director of financial reporting. In these roles, he managed internal and external financial reporting and the University's central accounting activities. He began his career in public accounting at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC) as an auditor.
Thurman holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business and earned his accounting degree from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and serves as the assistant treasurer/secretary of the MPC Corporation (a joint research venture between the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University). He is also an adjunct professor of accounting at Saint Vincent College where he serves on the Board of Visitors for the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government.