Koch Foundation gift sparks heated Faculty Assembly meeting.
By SUSAN JONES, University Tiimes, Dec. 5, 2019.
“The questions and concerns surrounding a $4.2 million gift from the Koch Foundation to start a new center at Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs haven’t gone away since the University officially approved the funding in October.
On Dec. 4, Provost Ann Cudd, along with three other top Pitt administrators, gave a presentation to and took questions from Faculty Assembly about the vetting process for external funding, and at times the discussion got a bit heated. While their presentations were general, the questions from the crowded meeting were clearly aimed at the Koch Foundation gift to create the new Center for Governance and Markets, led by Jennifer Murtazashvili, an associate professor in GSPIA.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Koch Foundation gift: Lessons learned and moving forward.
- Question #1: Is a center fundamentally different from a research project or a research agenda?
- Question #2: Should the size of the center, relative to its host unit, be considered?
- Question # 3: Who evaluates mission accomplishment and with what metrics?
- Question #4: Who should represent the University in negotiations and ultimate commitment of resources?