Board of Trustees names Nordenberg chancellor emeritus at final meeting

By Cristina Holtzer / News Editor

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The University Board of Trustees unanimously elected Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg as chancellor emeritus at Nordenberg’s final board meeting on Friday, June 20.

Nordenberg will become chancellor emeritus — an honorary title for prolonged service to the University — on the day he steps down from his current post on Aug. 1, 2014. Chancellor-elect Patrick Gallagher, who will succeed Nordenberg, attended Friday’s meeting as an observer.

The nearly two-hour meeting covered the approval of several motions, including the nominations of Pitt alumni Jane Allred and James Covert as board members and the fee hikes proposed by the Student Affairs Committee in early May.

The fee increases bring a number of changes to students — the main campus wellness fee will rise from $85 per semester to $105; the graduate and professional activities fee at main campus will rise from $20 to $30 for full-time students (from $10 to $15 for part-time); the Titusville recreation fee will rise from $80 to $100 per semester for full-time students ($15 to $20 for part-time) and the student activities fee at Titusville will rise from $75 to $90 per semester for full-time students ($10 to $15 for part-time).

The increases were approved with no opposition from the board and will go into effect during the Fall 2014 semester.

Board Chairperson Stephen R. Trich awarded the Trustee Medallion, a special recognition for service and generosity to the University, to Charles Bunch, CEO of PPG Industries, who will be leaving the board after serving since 2001.

The board also unanimously voted for Trich, chairperson since 2009, to remain in the position and aid Gallagher in his transition into the chancellor position. Eva Tansky Blum, current vice-chairperson, will be chairperson-elect for the 2015 term. Friday was the final meeting of the 2013-2014 term. The first full board meeting of the 2014-2015 term will be on Oct. 31, 2014.

The board’s budget committee discussed several already-approved expenditures, including $10.4 million allotted to providing “effective elevators” in the Cathedral of Learning and $5.5 million to renovate the 13th floor of Chevron hall.

Nordenberg awarded the Chancellor’s Medallion, the “highest honor from the University” to Trich and spoke for about 20 minutes on the accolades received by the University during his 19 years as chancellor.

“I’m a little worried that some of you might think we’ve fallen into a rut because the storyline is so familiar,” Nordenberg said. “But the storyline is good.”

During his remarks, Nordenberg spoke about Pitt’s growing enrollment — there were 30,606 applications to the University for the 2014 academic year, up from 27,634 in 2013 and just more than 24,000 in 2012.

Nordenberg thanked and honored the faculty and staff he has worked with during his years at Pitt with a photo presentationof each person alongside their name, position and awards they may have won. Nordenberg is set to be chairman of Pitt’s Institute of Politics on Jan. 1, 2015, and said he has cherished his time as chancellor.

“Though I did not come close to doing the job perfectly, this has been the perfect job for me,” he said.

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