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The Fossil Free Pitt Coalition held a sit-in in the Cathedral Learning in February to demand the board of trustees divest from fossil fuels.

Pitt quietly releases socially responsible investment criteria

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief June 16, 2020
Pitt quietly released a socially responsible investment policy statement in March, delivering another win to student activists pushing for fossil fuel divestment and endowment transparency.
The investment committee of the board of trustees met Tuesday via Zoom.

Board committee approves flat endowment distribution rate

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief June 16, 2020
Pitt will not increase the payout from its endowment for fiscal year 2021, a board committee unanimously voted Tuesday.
Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said he would not favor using the University endowment as a reserve to pull cash from and stave off budget cuts.

Op-ed | Leaving the endowment alone during the crisis is the right call

By Ilia Murtazashvili, Associate professor of public policy June 2, 2020
There are several reasons why the chancellor’s call is the right one.
At last count, Pitt’s quasi-endowment was $2.6 billion and could be used to cover potential budget cuts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Op-ed | Pitt can and should use its endowment to get us through this crisis

Student financial aid is not an excuse.
Not to mince words: it is wrong that the Chancellor, who received a $669,738 base salary this year, would use sympathetic students as an excuse not to protect the jobs of the faculty and staff who support those students, often for wages less than one-twentieth of his.
Pitt’s budget, which reached nearly $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2020, is composed of three separate, smaller budgets.

Pitt’s budget and endowment, explained

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief May 22, 2020
Pitt’s budget, and the process to craft it, is full of jargon and specialized terminology. This guide attempts to explain how the annual University budget is put together, as well as the different pieces that compose the budget and endowment.
Pitt's CFO Arthur Ramicone will retire in 2018. (Photo courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh)

Pitt announces long-time CFO’s retirement

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor February 20, 2018

Pitt’s chief financial officer and senior vice chancellor, Arthur Ramicone, will retire in August after a 30-year career at Pitt, the University announced Tuesday. Ramicone, 64, is the second senior...

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