University of Pittsburgh
February 19, 2003

Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill Elected as University Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Board of Directors

Contact:  412-624-4147

February 20, 2003

PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees today elected former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and retired Alcoa board chair Paul O'Neill as a University Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of the UPMC Board. The action was based on a nominating resolution from the Pitt Board of Trustees Nominating Committee that was approved Feb. 17.

O'Neill was a Pitt trustee from March 1988 to June 1991, serving as a member of the Academic Affairs/Libraries Committee and chair of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs' Board of Visitors. He was Chief Executive Officer of Alcoa from June 1987 to May 1999 and chair of its board from 1987 until his retirement from that position in January 2001. He was Secretary of the Treasury from January 2001 to December 2002. In 1989, he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush to head the President's Education Policy Advisory Committee.

O'Neill earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Fresno State College and the Master of Public Administration degree at Indiana University.

"The University of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center are fortunate that Paul O'Neill is willing to serve in this important role," says Pitt

Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. "He brings a level of understanding to the complex issues confronting southwestern Pennsylvania and its people unmatched by almost anyone else. As someone who has served on Pitt's Board of Trustees, Paul has proved to be a strong supporter and friend of the University, and, as the retired chair of Alcoa and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, he possesses the stature to help both Pitt and UPMC address the formidable health care demands that are surely ahead of us."

"Paul O'Neill's long-standing interest and experience in health care are nationally recognized. We are quite pleased that he has chosen to serve on our board of directors and welcome his participation," says Jeffrey Romoff, president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

###

2/20/03/mgc