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November 24, 2004


Raising regional faculty salaries

To the University community:

Certainly all faculty at the University of Pittsburgh’s regional campuses were gratified by the news, as reported in the University Times this past summer (May 27, 2004) that Pitt’s central administration had succeeded in reaching its goal of raising salaries of Pitt professors on the Oakland campus to AAU median levels. This is a fine achievement by the central administration and the obvious result of careful planning and specific redistribution of resources.

At the same time, regional campus faculty were appalled to learn, in the same Times article, that regional campus salaries languish at the very bottom of those same AAU rankings. We hope that the central administration has already developed a plan similar to one used in Oakland, to raise regional salaries to AAU median levels as well.

Respectfully, we, as regional campus faculty, invite Pitt’s central administration to share its plan, and accompanying timetable for implementation, for raising regional campus salaries to median AAU levels with all regional campus faculty at the earliest opportunity.

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Faculty Senate

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Faculty Senate

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Faculty Senate

University of Pittsburgh at Titusville Faculty Senate

(Editor’s note: Provost James Maher addressed this issue in a letter published in the Nov. 11, 2004, issue of the University Times. (


A note of thanks

To the University community:

To all of those who have sent us words of sympathy, prayers and expressions of caring: Thank you. Coping with the loss of our son, Jeffery John James, is a difficult process, but each act of kindness helps comfort us.

A special thank you to the staffs of the Copy Cat and Office of the Registrar. Your contributions will be invested in U.S. savings bonds for the futures of Jeffery’s two surviving daughters, Erika and Aryana James.

Again, our most sincere thanks.

Carol James, Office of the Registrar and Samuel Rizzardo, Copy Cat


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