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June 27, 2013

Incoming SAC president leaving Pitt

matychakIncoming Staff Association Council (SAC) President J.P. Matychak will resign July 19 after taking office on July 1.

Matychak has accepted a post at the Boston University School of Management. He currently is director of the College of Business Administration Career Services office in the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration and has worked at Pitt for 10 years.

SAC bylaws dictate that a special election must be held. At SAC’s July 10 meeting, new Executive Vice President Monica Costlow will request nominations for president from SAC members. At the August meeting, nominees will address the membership, followed by balloting and announcement of the winner.

Costlow will assume the president’s duties temporarily on July 19.

“While the timing of everything certainly was not ideal, I am confident in the Staff Association Council’s success moving forward,” Matychak told the University Times. “Each of our past presidents has established a foundation on which this organization is built. SAC is an organization of strong members, committed to this University and committed to staff. With the new organizational structure, I believe that SAC will continue to thrive as a voice for staff regardless of who holds the president position.”

The new chair of SAC’s staff relations committee, Tom Waters, said: “I’m really sad to see J.P. leave. I think J.P. has been such a leader for SAC over the last few years.” The transition period does not concern him, Waters said. “Our new structure is a sound structure … and it will help SAC grow and be stronger than before.”

Said past president Rich Colwell: “I know that J.P.’s leadership capabilities would have helped the organization tremendously. We need to gain back some of the ground we’ve lost, and I think he would have been a good person for that.”

—Marty Levine

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