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Chris W. Brussalis

Chris W. Brussalis


Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Chris W. Brussalis is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hill Group, Inc., a management consulting firm serving a wide range of clients in business, government, and the nonprofit sector. 

The Hill Group, founded in 1953, is a premier provider of strategy and management counsel and specializes in strategy, operations, performance and diagnostic measurement, and organizational development. 

As an engaged scholar-practitioner, Dr. Brussalis has technical knowledge, academic expertise, and practical experience in planning, economic analysis, policy development, leadership, and management. He has provided counsel in strategy, leadership, management, organizational performance, and sales productivity for numerous Fortune 500 corporations, large institutions, and governments. Dr. Brussalis also has extensive experience and expertise in stakeholder participation processes and has testified as an expert witness on public policy, development, and planning issues.

In addition to his duties at The Hill Group, Dr. Brussalis is also Adjunct Professor of Management and Policy at the Heinz College of Carnegie Mellon University. He also served as chairman of the economic development faculty with the Tri-State Leadership Academy, housed at West Virginia University, where he developed curriculum and lectured in strategic planning, management, leadership, and economic development on behalf of the Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Brussalis' teaching at the graduate level focuses on management, strategy, and policy analysis.  He also has numerous publications and papers on management and policy issues to his credit.

Dr. Brussalis is very active on civic and corporate boards, He currently serves on the boards of the American Society for Competitiveness, Live Like Lou Foundation, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity (President), Phi Delta Theta Foundation, Regional Learning Alliance (Chairman), Leadership Pittsburgh (Past Chairman), and Eberly College of Business at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Advisory).

In recognition of his commitment to civic engagement and service, Dr. Brussalis was appointed by Pennsylvania's Governor to serve on the Commonwealth's Small Business Council. He also served on the boards of the National ALS Association (Chairman of Public Policy and Advocacy, Executive Committee), Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall (President), CentraComm Communications, Institute of Management Consulting for Western Pennsylvania (Vice President), Annual Fund of Allegheny College (Chairman), CONTACT Pittsburgh, Waynesburg University MBA and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs (Advisory), and Rotary International. Dr. Brussalis also managed the New Idea Factory, the largest economic development transition of a metropolitan region in the history of United States at that time. He is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, a network of regional leaders and decision makers.  

Dr. Brussalis was selected as one of the region's top 20 "Changemakers" and "Fast Trackers" by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Pittsburgh Magazine's top "40 Under 40", and one of "Pittsburgh's 50 Finest". He received a Blue Citation from Allegheny College for a lifetime of outstanding service to his alma mater. Dr. Brussalis was also selected by the Secretary of the Air Force as one of 100 distinguished American leaders to attend the forty-seventh annual National Security Forum at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Courses Taught


  • 94-808 - Management Consulting