Pitt starts search for new chancellor

University to hold forums for input

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He does not plan to leave office for nearly a year.

But the search to find a successor to longtime University of Pittsburgh chancellor Mark Nordenberg is gearing up, now that Pitt has announced a 26-member search committee to aid school trustees in finding a new leader.

The names of those who will sit on the committee chaired by Pitt trustee Eva Tansky Blum were shared in an electronic message to campus Wednesday.

In it, university trustees chairman Stephen Tritch said the board will seek input from students, employees and alumni at a series of 14 search forums to be held on the main campus and at Pitt branches at Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville.

The first forum is set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the assembly room of the William Pitt Union on the main campus in Oakland.

James Maher, provost emeritus, will serve as the committee's vice chair. The panel represents a wide swatch of Pitt's community including campus presidents, trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, students and alumni.

"This is a very strong committee comprising, as it does, individuals who share a demonstrable commitment to the success of the university and who bring a wide variety of knowledge and skills to the task at hand," Mr. Tritch said in the statement. "The professional diversity of the members, coupled with the regional, national, and international perspectives that they bring to the table, will be a valuable asset in our ongoing search."

A full list can be found at www.pitt.edu/chancellor-search/committee.

Mr. Nordenberg announced at a board meeting in June that he planned to resign the chancellorship he has held since 1995, effective in August 2014.


Bill Schackner: bschackner@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1977 or on Twitter @BschacknerPG.


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