The University of Pittsburgh’s board of trustees recently named Tom Kurtz, president and chief executive officer of Windber Research Institute, as a special trustee to the board.
Kurtz was one of four Pitt alumni candidates to receive membership.
The board of trustees is responsible for advancing the purposes of the university; promoting and protecting its independence, academic freedom and integrity; and enhancing and preserving its assets for the benefit of future generations of students and society at large.
“These nominees will add to the strength of an already outstanding board,” said Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. “Each of the nominees has built an enviable record of professional achievement, earned the respect and admiration of colleagues and friends and made significant contributions to Pitt’s momentum. I look forward to working with each of them as we collectively advance Pitt’s progress as a leader in education, a pioneer in research and a partner in regional development.”
Kurtz earned his bachelor of science degree in psychology from UPJ in 1977, and his master of business administration degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.
He has been an active member of the UPJ advisory board since his appointment in 2012, has served on the UPJ Alumni Association board and continues to support the mission and vision of the Johnstown campus.
As CEO of WRI, Kurtz was instrumental in establishing a partnership with UPJ in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – disciplines to encourage interest in science and research.
Prior to assuming the presidency of WRI in 2009, Kurtz was a partner with Pivotal Technology Group in Johnstown and has held leadership positions in health care services.
Kurtz has been a member of a number of civic and community boards in the Johnstown area, including the American Red Cross, Johnstown Area Regional Industries, the Johnstown Area Heritage Association and the Greater Johnstown Community YMCA.
He currently serves on the Windber Medical Center and Somerset Chamber of Commerce boards.
Also on the Pitt board is E. Jeanne Gleason of Westmont, who serves as an emeritus trustee.