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July 6, 2000


The board of directors of UPMC Health System elected Richard L. Fischer as its chairman.

Fischer, a member of the UPMC board since 1995, succeeds George Taber who held the position for the past 18 years and will remain on the board as vice chairman and chairman emeritus.

Fischer is executive vice president – chairman's counsel at Alcoa Inc., where he has been responsible for corporate development and the expansion and integration of Alcoa's international business activities. He holds degrees in economics and law from Pitt and a master of laws in international business from Georgetown University.

The UPMC board is comprised of 60 directors who represent the University, the community and member hospitals in a $3.5 billion integrated health care delivery and finance system, which is the area's largest employer.


Dan Songer, director of Campus Police and Safety at the Bradford campus, was elected to a three-year term as director-at-large of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Colleges and Universities Security Association (NECUSA).

Songer has been director of the police and safety department since 1996, following a 12-year stint as a part-time officer at Bradford.

Also elected to the NECUSA board was George Barron, retired Pitt-Bradford Campus Police and Safety director. He will serve a two-year term focusing on lifetime memberships.

NECUSA is a group of campus police and security department directors and assistant directors at higher education institutions in 13 northeastern states. It serves as a training ground for police and security officers and as a support group disseminating information on security issues.


Theodore R. Delbridge, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the School of Medicine, has been appointed medical director of UPMC Presbyterian's emergency department. As medical director, Delbridge is responsible for overseeing daily operations in clinical care, working with residents and other emergency medical staff and enforcing health care delivery policies.

Delbridge also is assistant medical director of Pittsburgh's Emergency Medical Services and medical director of STAT MedEvac, an air medical transport service for individuals with critical illnesses and injuries. He is the 1997 winner of the Physician Recognition Award by the Regional Council of the Emergency Medical Services Institute.


The Greensburg campus has added three new administrators in student services and development.

Holly DiBiasi, new coordinator of development, had been administrative assistant to the vice president/administrative services at Westmoreland County Community College where she also worked in planning, development, admissions and financial aid.

Sara Hammond, director of orientation, was resident director and assistant to the judicial coordinator at Alfred University in New York.

Beth Tiedemann, director of career services, had been an adviser in Pitt's College of Arts and Sciences where she also served as a teaching fellow and research assistant.


Karen Cameron-Scanlon, assistant professor of education at the Johnstown campus, was named winner of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators' Teacher Educator of the Year Award. The award is based on a number of criteria, including innovation, scholarship, contributions to the profession and dedication to students.

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