SAC provides a means of communication among staff, faculty, students and administration through appointed representatives on:
· 11 Board of Trustees committees
· 15 Senate Council committees
· special University committees as needed, such as the Chancellor’s Search Committee
Board of Trustees Committee Appointments
Academic Affairs/Libraries: Tiwanda Taylor
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Academic Affairs/Libraries Committee shall have general oversight of the University’s educational policies and plans, including long-range development of the educational mission of the University; educational operations, including matters pertaining to instruction, research, and assessment; establishment of each new educational campus, school, major program, and degree; the University’s central library system and other libraries; and information systems. The Committee shall also have general oversight of matters pertaining to the faculty, including quality, standards of performance, and welfare.
Affirmative Action, Diversity & Inclusion: Karen Dicks
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Affirmative Action, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee provides general oversight and policy guidance for creating a campus environment which values equality of opportunity; respects the diversity and dignity of all people; is free from discrimination and harassment; and which embraces steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University’s mission. This includes policies and programs pertaining to: enrolling, retaining, and graduating students representing all aspects of diversity; providing accessibility, accommodation, and support for veterans and individuals with disabilities; enhancing diversity in the racial/ethnic and gender composition of faculty and staff at all levels; and engaging qualified diversity business enterprises, including minority- and women-owned businesses, as suppliers of goods and services.
Athletics: Babs Mowery
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Athletics Committee shall oversee, review, provide policy guidance as needed, and report periodically to the Board on the activities, policies, and operations of the Department of Athletics.
Audit: Megan Soltesz
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Audit Committee shall assist the Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the annual financial reporting process, the system of internal controls that management has established, and the internal and independent audit process. The Committee provides an avenue for communication between the internal auditing department, the independent auditor, financial management and the Board. The Committee has been granted by the Board of Trustees the power and authority to act on its behalf to appoint, compensate, and oversee the University’s independent auditor and the retention of other external professionals as needed; to approve the University’s financial statements and the Office of the Auditor General’s annual audit; and to perform other duties as delineated in the Audit Committee Charter. The Committee will periodically report to the Board on its activities.
Budget: Christine Jackson
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Budget Committee shall provide general oversight and guidance regarding the sufficiency and allocation of the University’s fiscal resources, particularly its unrestricted resources, for the furtherance of the University’s academic mission. This shall be accomplished by reviewing and approving the annual operating and capital budgets for the University, reviewing periodic financial statements of the University that compare actual revenues and expenditures to those that were budgeted, reviewing periodic reports that compare actual capital expenditures with budgeted amounts, assessing key financial ratios, evaluating liquidity needs, monitoring the change in net assets, and overseeing and approving the issuance of debt.
Health Sciences: Carol Hodgkiss
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Committee for the Health Sciences shall have general oversight of the Schools of the Health Sciences’ educational and research activities. The Health Sciences Committee works in cooperation with the Academic Affairs/Libraries Committee which has oversight of all academic matters for the entire University. Additionally, it shall oversee the academic affiliations of the Schools of the Health Sciences with hospitals, pharmacies, laboratories, clinics and other organizations involved in health care, teaching and research.
Institutional Advancement: Peter Adams
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Institutional Advancement Committee provides oversight and guidance for the planning, policies, promotion and implementation of advancement objectives. The Committee encourages financial support through contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations, alumni groups, and other sources. Committee members shall be actively involved in solicitation when appropriate, assuming roles in both personal leadership and in recruiting other volunteers. Committee members shall provide advice on alumni relations matters and on the development, design and implementation of all fundraising campaigns, including annual giving and athletic fundraising.
Investment: Clayton Steup
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Investment Committee shall provide general oversight, policy guidance and performance review of the consolidated investment pool of the University of Pittsburgh Endowment Fund (commonly referred to as the "Consolidated Endowment Fund" or "CEF"). The Committee shall assist the Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer ("CIO") in establishing overall investment objectives, investment policies and spending policies applicable to the CEF, as well as providing guidance to the CIO regarding investment guidelines in furtherance of those policies. Upon advice and recommendation of the CIO and others, the Investment Committee shall approve the Asset Allocation Policy and the Spending Policy applicable to the CEF. The Committee shall review the selection of investment professionals and monitor the management of the CEF portfolio for adherence to established policies and for meeting performance objectives over time. The Committee will periodically report to the Board on the Committee's activities and on the performance of the CEF.
Property & Facilities: Andy Stephany
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Property and Facilities Committee has been delegated by the Board of Trustees authority and responsibility for approval of real property transactions and construction projects. The Board has also delegated authority and responsibility for approval of real property transactions and construction projects to the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor.
Risk & Compliance: Lindsay Rodzwicz
Mission: As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Risk and Compliance Committee shall assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the risks inherent in the business of the University and the control processes with respect to such risks; the risk profile of the University; the risk management, compliance and control activities of the University; the integrity of the University’s systems of operational controls regarding legal and regulatory compliance, and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, including without limitation, with respect to the conduct of the University’s business.
Student Affairs: Michelle Tschannen
As a committee of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pittsburgh, the Student Affairs Committee provides general oversight and policy guidance for non-academic matters of student life in order to promote a campus environment that encourages both academic success and personal development. The Committee provides advice and recommendations regarding student-related programs, services, extracurricular activities and student organizations. The Committee provides an opportunity for direct communication between students and members of the University’s Board of Trustees.
Senate Council Committee Appointments
Athletics: Babs Mowery
Benefits & Welfare: Michael Wahl
Budget Policies: Adriana Maguina-Ugarte
Bylaws & Procedures: Paula Carpinelli
Community Relations: Marissa Arlet
Computer Usage: Kenny Doty
Education Policies: Mario Browne
Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Discrimination Advocacy: Meg Mayer-Costa
Governmental Relations: Debbie Whitfield
Library: Jonah McAllister-Erickson
Plant Utilization & Planning: Bobbi Jo Rosol
Research: Jessica Tebbets
Student Admission, Aid & Affairs: Hillary Koller & Tricia Connell
Tenure & Academic Freedom: Nick Mance