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January 25, 2007

UCIS professorship endowed

Pitt has received a $1 million gift from Pittsburgh business executive William F. Benter to establish the University Center for International Studies Endowed Visiting Professorship in Contemporary International Issues.

The visiting professorship will bring to the University renowned scholars with expertise in international issues affecting influential regions of the world. The University initially will seek academicians with a special interest in the Middle East to fill the visiting professorship, which will be directed by Pitt’s global studies program.

A Pittsburgh native, Benter is chair and international CEO of Acusis, a Pittsburgh-headquartered medical transcription company with hospital clients throughout the United States. During the past year, Acusis has been honored as a finalist in the Pittsburgh chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals’ annual Greater Pittsburgh Business Ethics Awards and as a Medical Transcription Industry Association Beacon Award finalist for excellence in billing practices. The company also placed in the Pittsburgh Business Times 2006 Pittsburgh 100, which honors the fastest-growing privately held companies in the region.

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