University of Pittsburgh
June 24, 2016

Pitt Trustees Approve Building Projects, Welcome New Members at Annual Meeting


Joe Miksch


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PITTSBURGH—The University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees today welcomed three new board members during its annual meeting and also announced $17.7 million in construction projects.

The board welcomed new members Edward J. Grefenstette, president and chief investment officer of The Dietrich Foundation; retired Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, former Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and 2012 Pitt Commencement speaker; and longtime Pitt Alumni Association officer S. Jeffrey Kondis, as recommended by the Governance and Nominating Committee.

The board also re-elected Eva Tansky Blum as chairperson of the board and approved the Governance and Nominating Committee’s recommendation to re-elect Blum and eight other members to Pitt’s Board of Trustees. They include John A. Barbour, executive chairman of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC; Douglas M. Browning, executive vice president, Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services, Inc.; David C. Chavern, president and chief executive officer of the Newspaper Association of America; Brian Generalovich, a dentist in private practice; Marlee S. Myers, partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; John H. Pelusi Jr., executive managing director of HFF; Robert P. Randall, president of RAND Group, Inc.; and Jack D. Smith, chair, Department of Orthopedics, Excela Health System.

Two board members were chosen to serve on the University of Pittsburgh Trust Board: Michael A. Bryson, retired executive vice president of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, and Robert M. Hernandez, the retired vice chair and chief financial officer for the USX Corporation.

Mark A. Nordenberg, chancellor emeritus at Pitt, was re-elected as a University director to the UPMC Board of Directors, and John J. Verbanac, chief executive officer of Summa Development, LLC, was elected to that board as well.

The board today also ratified $11 million construction projects first brought forth in March. The projects consist of renovations to the Cost Sports Center, Cathedral of Learning, Chevron Science Center, and Space Research Coordination Center. Those projects were recommended by the board’s Property and Facilities Committee and Budget Committee, respectively.