University Senate elections set for April and May

Senate President Robin Kear and Vice President Kristin Kanthak have said they’re interested in running for second two-year terms as the Senate prepares for this spring’s elections.

The election to choose the next president and vice president and representatives on Faculty Assembly will be held electronically April 5 to 20. Senate committee elections will take place April 27 to May 9.

“We always solicit nominations from everybody who is interested,” said Chris Bonneau, the Senate’s immediate past president and elections chair. “We also have a variety of seats that are available (at individual schools).”

Bonneau encourages faculty to “nominate yourself, nominate your friends, nominate your enemies, nominate your exes, nominate anybody you want to vote for. Just nominate them,” he quipped. “The Senate Elections Committee will be meeting the coming weeks to formalize slates and go from there. There are no campaign finance requirements under the code, so you can form your own super PAC, or anything else.”

Pitt’s Senate is an official University body for shared governance. Through its various organs, it considers and makes recommendations concerning educational policies and other matters of University-wide concern.

Those interested in participating in the Senate should complete this form. 

Contact Elections Chair Chris Bonneau for more information.