State Senate Appropriations Panel Visits Pitt

Sept. 12, 2011, Senate Hearing Focuses on Higher Education Issues, Pitt’s Value as a State-Related University

As Pitt has demonstrated on many occasions, when collective sacrifices are required, we stand ready to do our fair share,” Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg told appropriations committee members. “But the 22 percent reduction in state support that we endured was dramatically disproportionate in a budget that cut overall state spending by 4 percent. Even more important, though, is what those numbers say about our sense of direction for this state that we call home.”

Read Chancellor Nordenberg’s full statement »

 Watch the video of the hearing »

Also testifying before the committee were:

Jared Cohon, president of Carnegie Mellon University

“While the University of Pittsburgh has earned great acclaim and respect and produced outstanding benefits for the region and the state, it is a success heavily dependent on continuing and solid state support.” Full statement »

Graham Hatfull, Eberly Family Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in Pitt’s Department of Biological Sciences

“In most programs at Pitt, undergraduate students…are actively doing scholarship and advancing the research mission.”  Full statement »

Molly Stieber, president of Pitt’s Student Government Board

“I am sure that if [state] funding continues to diminish, Pennsylvania will, without a doubt, lose some of the best students in this country.”   Full statement »

D. Lansing Taylor, director of Pitt’s Drug Discovery Institute and the Allegheny Foundation Professor in the University’s Department of Computational and Systems Biology

“The economic future of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is tied to the technical developments at the major academic institutions. We must keep this engine running.” Full statement »

Stephen Tritch, chair of the Pitt Board of Trustees

“I worry that we seem to be retreating from support of the very institutions that will help fuel our collective success in the 21st-century economy.” Full statement »

Dennis Yablonsky, CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development

“Over the past 15 years, the University of Pittsburgh has become a leader in technology transfer.” Full statement »