Pitt chief promotes increased state funding
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University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg on Friday made a case for state funding for the university but did not mention attempts in Harrisburg to avoid Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed cuts for Pitt, Temple and Penn State.
Mr. Nordenberg, at the annual meeting of Pitt's board of trustees, noted that funding to the university was cut $67 million in 2011-12 and said "much of our energy" this year was spent trying to fight "deep and disproportionate cuts" proposed for 2012-13.
The governor and House and Senate leaders announced Wednesday a framework to provide flat funding for Pitt, Penn State University and Temple University. Mr. Corbett in February proposed a 30 percent funding cut.
Later in the day, Pitt spokesman Robert Hill said the university is "grateful for the strong support" from legislators and is "encouraged," adding, "We feel it would be best to let the members of the Legislature complete their work without further comment from us until that work is done."
Also at the meeting, Mr. Nordenberg honored the police officers who responded to Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in March after the shootings there.
A Pitt police officer fatally shot John Shick, 30, after Shick shot six people, killing one, Western Psych therapist Michael Schaab, 25.
Mr. Nordenberg credited Pitt police with averting casualties that might have been at an "unimaginable level."
First Published June 23, 2012 12:00 am