The Board of Administrators approves the decision of the pandemic appraisal, DeJong as Enterprise & Operations Chief

The Pitt Board of Trustees took several actions at its Friday morning meeting, including approving a resolution expressing appreciation from the entire Pitt community for adapting to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Trustees took turns reading the resolution thanking Chancellor Patrick Gallagher for his “extraordinary strength and wisdom”, expressing “great appreciation” for the university staff, thanking Pitt’s “talented and resilient” faculty and found that the students “gracefully resisted a drastic change” in life.

The Board of Directors also approved two Vice Chairs nominated from the Governance and Nominations Committee – Mary Ellen Callahan, assistant privacy advocate general for Walt Disney Company; and Lou Cestello, executive vice president, head of regional markets and regional president for Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania, PNC Bank. Both abstained.

The board also took personnel measures and confirmed David DeJong as Senior Vice Chancellor of the University of Economics and Operations.

DeJong has been in the position since May after Greg Scott, who has wide ranging duties from lodging and meals to the Pitt police and facilities took personal vacation and ultimately resigned from the university. He is a long-time Pitt administrator and has served as Head of Human Resources and Executive Vice Provost, among other things.

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said DeJong was someone he could count on to address “the big challenges and tough problems” at Pitt.

“It is the combination of his deep appreciation and knowledge of our mission and commitment to it, combined with his track record of getting things done, that leads me to his election as our Senior Vice Chancellor, Business and Operations,” said Gallagher .

The Board of Directors Compensation Committee met on Friday afternoon and set DeJong’s annual base salary at $ 410,000 effective March 1.

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