By MARTY LEVINE
A 10-year Staff Council veteran and former officer has been elected Staff Council president to finish the term of Angie Coldren, who resigned to take a job at Pitt–Greensburg with nine months left in her term.
Lindsay Rodzwicz Burns, staff member in the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Bioengineering, has most recently been co-chair of Staff Council’s staff relations committee. She was the group’s vice president of public relations (2013-2015) and executive vice president (2015-2017) and has represented Staff Council on many committees of the Board of Trustees and University Senate, as well as on a previous search committee for hiring a new vice chancellor for human relations.
She is confident that her experience, she said, will help her “to represent the voice of Staff Council and advocate for all staff at Pitt.”
Contacted right after her election, she cautioned that she was still in “learning mode” but knew that “my main goal is really to overall ensure for Staff Council that staff always have that voice in shared governance.”
Her immediate goals, she said, will be “to continue to work on communications both internally with Staff Council and externally with all staff” and to build relationships with all groups outside of staff, such as faculty and students, and with Pitt’s Student Government Board, Graduate and Professional Student Government, and University Senate.
As for issues of most concern, “compensation seems to be the most important priority, our staff are telling us,” she said, along with job creep, recruiting new talent, retaining seasoned employees, parking and retirement.
She also noted that Staff Council’s representative on the new chancellor search committee will be Christine Jackson, the organization’s parliamentarian.
Marty Levine is a staff writer for the University Times. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-758-4859.
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