Chancellor's Spotlight Archive

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June 13, 2016

An Important Father’s Day Pledge

Each year, Southwest PA Says No More sponsors a Father’s Day Pledge to end domestic violence and sexual assault. This statewide campaign encourages men to become engaged in solutions for ending gender violence. Read more »
June 13, 2016

Orlando: A Tragedy and a Challenge

As the enormity of the horrifying attack in Orlando is becoming clear, I join those across the country responding with a sense of profound shock and condemnation for this senseless act of terror and hatred. Read more »
March 24, 2016

Turning Our Attention to Next Year's Budget

As you may have already heard, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that he is letting a number of bills become law over the weekend without his signature, including bills that fund Pitt and the other state-related universities. Read more »
March 2, 2016

Message on the State Budget

I am writing from Harrisburg, where I’m participating in General Assembly budget hearings and a joint press conference alongside the presidents of the other state-related universities—Penn State, Lincoln and Temple. Read more »
December 7, 2015

Year-End Message to the Community

As I write this letter, everyone has recently returned from Thanksgiving weekend, and the campus is in that unique, pre-winter break mode: intensely studying for finals, preparing for the end of the semester, and getting ready for the holidays. Read more »
September 21, 2015

Sexual Violence on College Campuses

The issue of sexual violence and misconduct on college campuses is once again in the news. Today, the Association of American Universities (AAU) released the results of a national survey of student attitudes and experiences regarding sexual violence and harassment. Read more »
August 21, 2015

Welcome Back, Pitt Community

I hope you had a great summer and are returning refreshed and rejuvenated for the coming year. As we prepare to launch a new academic year and welcome a new undergraduate class, there is a palpable energy and excitement on all of our campuses. Read more »