Minutes of March 1, 1999 Meeting
The meeting convened at 2:04 p.m. in room 817 Cathedral of
UPBC members present were: Mary Ann Barber, James Cassing, Jerome
Cochran, Richard Colwell, Van Beck Hall, Arthur Levine, James Maher,
Richard Pratt, Arthur Ramicone, Ellen Beam Rudy, Bruce Williams, and
Philip Wion. Also present were: Margaret Duronio, Jeffrey Liebmann,
Jeffrey Masnick, and Robert Pack.
UPBC members not present were: Carolyn Ban, Frank Cassell, Joel
Cornfeld, Ingrid Glasco, Nathan Hershey, George Mongell, Carol Neuner,
Josephine Olson, Margaret Rechter, Alec Stewart, Michael Stuckart, and
Approval of the Minutes and Report of the Chair
The minutes of the February 4, 1999 UPBC meeting were approved.
Maher provided a brief update on the issues surrounding Pitt Stadium.
Based on an analysis of successful NCAA Division I institutions, the
Athletics Department found that only a significant upgrade of athletics
facilities would ensure success at the University in the future. Based on
attendance in recent years and physical limitations of the current stadium
site, a facility like that being constructed for the Steelers is the
logical site for University football games if the rental price is
affordable. Razing Pitt Stadium opens a number of exciting possibilities,
including: broader utilization of the Convocation Center; expanded student
recreation facilities; more "green" space to enhance the campus
atmosphere; and the creation of a new social nexus on campus. Cochran
cited examples of other Division I schools that had made similar decisions
and some perennial top 20 teams where the stadium is located miles from
the main campus. Maher added that the University faces a constraint that
most other college football teams do not, in that the University competes
directly in a city with a National Football League team.
Update on Subcommittee Activities
Wion reported that the Attribution Study is progressing slowly,
due to staffing shortages. He added that one issue remaining to be
resolved is how the Study will deal with faculty early retirement
incentive funds. Cochran reported that the Salary Policy Review
Subcommittee continues to meet and is optimistic that a draft document
with broad support can be created soon.
Pratt requested a briefing for the UPBC on the agreement being
finalized between the University and UPMC. Levine responded that a
portion of the agreement will be released, specifically that dealing with
faculty and the University Practice Plans, but that many of the legal
contracts involving business arrangements with hospitals typically remain
confidential. Cochran assured the Committee that the senior
administration of the University has reviewed every component of the
The meeting adjourned at 2:58 p.m.