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May 12, 2016

SAC honors HR’s Frisch

IMG_4150Ronald W. Frisch’s 21 years of service to Pitt as associate vice chancellor for Human Resources was honored by the Staff Association Council (SAC) with the creation of the Ronald W. Frisch Staff Professional Development Award.

The award, announced at SAC’s May 10 assembly in the William Pitt Union, will provide support for a non-union full- or part-time staff member on any Pitt campus to help defray the cost of University tuition or attendance at conferences, workshops or other professional training opportunities. SAC, for which Frisch serves as adviser and mentor, hopes to make the first award in 2017.

Using Institutional Advancement’s Engage Pitt crowd-funding platform (, the organization has raised $5,250 toward an initial goal over the next six weeks of $8,000, with the intent of eventually endowing the award.

Frisch, for whom the announcement was a surprise, said: “I’m overwhelmed,” and noted that he had been able “to watch SAC truly develop into a significant partnership with the University.” His career, he added, “has been 21 years of sheer pride to be here at the University of Pittsburgh.”

Frisch will retire from the University July 1.

A video highlighting Frisch’s accomplishments featured Chancellor Emeritus Mark A. Nordenberg, who said: “Everyone who has worked at Pitt has benefited from the Frisch touch.”

A report on Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s keynote address on work-life balance will be featured in the May 26 issue of the University Times.

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