Two Pitt graduates nominated to board of trustees

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The University of Pittsburgh today announced that Jane Bilewicz Allred and James P. “Jimbo” Covert, both Pitt graduates, have been nominated to become two new members of the board of trustees.

In addition, Stephen R. Tritch, retired chair of Westinghouse Electric Co., had been nominated for re-election as the chair of the Pitt board and Eva Tansky Blum was nominated to become chairman-elect.

Ms. Blum, executive vice president and director of community affairs for PNC Bank and chair and president of The PNC Foundation, will become chair upon completion of Mr. Tritch's term in June 2015.

Also, Morgan K. O'Brien, president and CEO of Peoples Natural Gas, was nominated for re-election as vice chair.

Their nominations will be voted upon at the June 20 trustees meeting, when the board will also vote on the re-election of eight current trustees. .

Ms. Allred, a 1971 arts and science major, is a retired president of Allred Marketing Inc. and immediate past president of the Pitt Alumni Association.

Mr. Covert, a 1991 arts and sciences major, is president and CEO of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine and a four-year football letterman and two-time All-American selection at Pitt. He was elected to the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame class of 2003 and played for the Chicago Bears from 1983-1990.

Mary Niederberger: or 412-263-1590.

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