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March 4, 2010

Provost search forum set for March 5

The search committee charged with recommending candidates for provost and senior vice chancellor will hold an open forum 11 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow, March 5, in 2700 Posvar Hall.

The forum will be broadcast to the regional campuses via video conference: at 237 Swarts Hall, Bradford; 250 Millstein Library, Greensburg; 201 Biddle Hall, Johnstown, and G7 Haskell Library, Titusville.

Last fall, James V. Maher announced his intention to step down from his administrative position and return to the physics faculty after the current academic year or as soon after that as his successor can be in place. He has served at Pitt’s chief academic officer since 1994.

During the forum, faculty, staff and students at all five Pitt campuses will be able to address the 21-member search committee chaired by Randy P. Juhl, vice chancellor for Research Conduct and Compliance and Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacy.

In addition, a webcast of the forum will be accessible at the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education media site ( Those who have not already done so may be asked to load the free Microsoft Silverlight viewer to access the webcast. Webcast viewers can comment or ask questions of the search committee by clicking on the balloon icon in the lower-right corner of the media site screen. These comments/questions will be forwarded by email to staff participating in the video conference.

Written comments to the search committee also may be submitted via email or regular mail. For additional information, contact Juhl at 132 Cathedral of Learning; phone, 412/624-9111; fax, 412-624-6903, or email:

Applications and nominations will be accepted until a new provost is selected, but interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by March 15. Materials should be sent to: R. William Funk & Associates, 100 Highland Park Village, Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75205; email:; fax, 214/295-3312.

Pitt has posted information on the search at

—Peter Hart

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