Pitt Board Chair Tritch Announces Members of Chancellor Search Committee

Issue Date: 
September 23, 2013

Following the conclusion of the University Senate election on Sept. 10, the membership of the Search Committee that will be assisting the Board of Trustees in identifying a candidate for the next chancellor was announced by Board of Trustees Chair Stephen R. Tritch. In making his announcement, Tritch noted that the committee is “very strong” and includes individuals with a wide variety of knowledge and skills “who share a demonstrable commitment to the success of the University.” 

“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,” Tritch said. “I, along with the rest of the Trustees, look forward to the advice this committee will provide as we move forward with the important task of selecting and recruiting a new chancellor who can build upon the progress the University has made in recent years.”

Tritch added that in addition to helpful insights from the search committee, he and the other board members were looking forward to input from the University community—faculty, staff, students, and alumni—during the 14 search forums that have been scheduled.  The first two forums were held on the Pittsburgh campus on Sept. 18 and Sept. 20. A third forum will be held on the Oakland campus on Sept. 30. Additional forums were announced for the four regional campuses and in cities across the country, from New York to San Francisco, throughout the rest of September and the first week of October.

“We are committed to progressing swiftly, so that we are in a position to recruit the best candidates from the pool of individuals nationally and internationally who would be capable of leading our great University,” Tritch said.  He noted that once the forums are concluded, the committee will be moving out of the highly visible stage of the search process, into the period when the need for confidentiality for the candidates is essential to attracting the very best candidates.

“Therefore, much of the ensuing search activity, especially as it relates to the confidentiality concerns of the candidates, will not be publicly available. Rest assured, however, that throughout the months ahead, the Board’s commitment to bringing the search for the next chancellor to a deliberate, swift, and successful conclusion will continue unabated,” he said.