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October 24, 1996

Trustees to hear report today on progress toward five goals set in February

In February, Pitt's Board of Trustees set five goals for the University: "aggressively pursuing excellence" in undergraduate education, improving fundraising and administrative efficiency; maintaining excellence in research; and increasing Pitt's role as a regional economic force through technology transfer.

At today's board meeting, 8:30-11 a.m. in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg is scheduled to report on progress toward meeting each of those goals.

In updating the trustees on administrative efficiency, Nordenberg is expected to report on a study by Coopers & Lybrand Consulting. Pitt hired the consultants in August to suggest ways to improve efficiency and cut costs in the University's business and administrative units.

Beyond his responsibilities as chancellor, Nordenberg has a personal stake in how well the University does in meeting the five goals set by the board. Last month, the trustees' compensation committee approved an annual base salary of $225,000 for Nordenberg, retroactive to June 20, when he was named permanent chancellor. Nordenberg could increase his pay by as much as $30,000 this year if the trustees determine that he has performed favorably in the five areas outlined by the board.

Regardless of salary, Nordenberg is expected to gain a new job title at today's meeting. The trustees will be asked to change Nordenberg's title from "chancellor" to "chancellor and chief executive officer." The board also will be asked to approve resolutions to: * Amend the board's bylaws to eliminate the charter trustee class and eliminate a requirement that trustees leave the board at age 70.

* Create a master of public policy and management degree program in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). The program is designed for students with at least five years' experience as managers and public policy makers. * Accept Pitt's audited financial statements for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

* Elect Pitt Director of Finance Marlin D. Pease as assistant treasurer.

In addition, Pitt Office of Technology Management director Arthur A. Boni will report on his office's activities.

— Bruce Steele

Filed under: Feature,Volume 29 Issue 5

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