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June 26, 2008

Three nominated as new trustees

Pitt’s Board of Trustees nominating committee last week recommended three candidates for membership on the board:

• Brian Generalovich (Arts and Sciences ’66, Dental Medicine ’68), a dentist in private practice in Hermitage, Pa., and immediate past president (2006-08) of the Pitt Alumni Association;

• Dawne S. Hickton (Law ’83), vice chair and CEO of RTI International Metals, and

• College and pro football hall-of-famer Dan Marino (Arts and Sciences ’83), in-studio co-host of CBS-TV’s “The NFL Today” and president of the Dan Marino Foundation.

The full Board of Trustees is expected to act on the nominations at its June 27 meeting.

Generalovich, a Pitt Volunteer of the Year in 2000, previously served as treasurer and vice president of the Pitt Alumni Association as well as director emeritus of its board of directors.

Generalovich played basketball at Pitt from 1961 to 1964; he was team captain and an Academic All-American in his final two seasons, was a two-time UPI-AP All-American and was voted Most Valuable Player in basketball for three successive seasons. He also lettered in football.

After earning his bachelor’s degree, Generalovich was drafted by the New York Knicks, the Boston Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but chose to attend the School of Dental Medicine, where he earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.

Hickton has more than 20 years of diversified metals experience, including more than 10 years in the titanium industry. She formerly was senior vice president and chief administrative officer at RTI.

Prior to joining RTI, Hickton was an assistant professor of clinical law at Pitt. She was the founding president of the W. Edward Sell American Inns of Court chapter, which brings together judges, lawyers, Pitt law professors and law students for programs on ethics, skills and professionalism.

Earlier in her career, she was employed at USX Corp.

She earned her JD at Pitt and a BA from the University of Rochester.

Marino established several National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) season and career records for pass attempts and completions, yardage and touchdowns. His uniform number, 13, was retired by Pitt in 1982.

Marino earned his BA in communication at Pitt in 1983 and was drafted in the first round by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. He set more than 20 individual-season and career passing records during his 17-year NFL career. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005.

With his wife, Claire, Marino created the Dan Marino Foundation to meet the need for comprehensive treatment programs for children with developmental disabilities and chronic medical problems Florida Gov. Charlie Crist named Marino co-chair of the Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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