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Pitt trustees hire firm to search for new chancellor

| Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

University of Pittsburgh trustees have chosen a West Coast consulting firm to lead their national search for a new chancellor.

Pitt has contracted with Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, the same firm Carnegie Mellon University used in its recent presidential search.

Stephen R. Tritch, chairman of Pitt's board of trustees, announced the board's choice in a letter sent to the university community on Tuesday morning.

Longtime Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg's announcement in June that he plans to step down in August 2014 triggered the appointment of university trustee Eva Blum, a PNC Bank executive, as chairwoman of the search committee.

Tritch said the selection of a nationally recognized search consultant lays the groundwork for the search to begin in earnest as soon as the election of the committee's faculty representatives is completed and other members are appointed.

Elections for faculty positions on the search committee are scheduled for early September.

The search committee plans to conduct open forums in Oakland, Pitt's regional campuses and elsewhere this fall to collect input from students, faculty, staff members and alumni.

Tritch said the final stages of the process will be conducted privately to protect the confidentiality of the candidates.

Debra Erdley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at 412-320-7996 or derdley@tribweb.com.

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