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April 30, 2009

Provost addresses BPC in closed session

Provost James V. Maher addressed the Senate budget policies committee April 17 in closed session. BPC chair Richard Pratt said the provost used the time to review with the committee issues the University is facing as well as the status of its various major revenue sources including investment income, research grants, tuition and the state appropriation.

In other business, Pratt said the committee tentatively plans to review at its May 29 meeting the University’s annual report comparing faculty salaries with those of its 33 Association of American Universities peers. Robert Goga of the Office of Management Information and Analysis told BPC the report is in progress.

• Goga was present at BPC to elaborate on the University’s annual report on salaries of full-time Pitt employees, which was distributed at BPC’s March 27 meeting. (See April 16 University Times.)

BPC member Philip Wion noted that the report cuts two ways: It prompts some employees to approach their chairs or deans if they find they are being paid less than others in their unit; it also serves as a reality check, Wion said, allowing those who think they are poorly paid to see what others in similar jobs are earning. “It provides more realistic peer groups for individuals to think about their own compensation,” he said.

• BPC has invited Executive Vice Chancellor Jerome Cochran to speak at its May 8 meeting and University Treasurer Amy Marsh to address the committee May 29.

—Kimberly K. Barlow

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