Campus news in brief

New board of trustees chair former PNC CEO

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PNC Financial Services Group James Rohr has been elected chairman of Carnegie Mellon’s board of trustees, according to a university press release.

Rohr joined the board in 1992. Among his contributions to the board, he has been vice chairman since 2012, currently chairs the board’s nominating and governance committee, and serves on the finance committee. He was the finance committee’s vice chair from 2007–12 and chaired the search committee that ultimately selected Subra Suresh as Carnegie Mellon’s current president.

Rohr also helped establish the university’s PNC Center for Financial Services Innovation within the Tepper School of Business, as well as a PNC Professorship in Finance, according to the university news release.
Rohr became PNC’s CEO in 2000 and retired last year.

Rohr will take the place of Raymond Lane, who became chairman in 2009, and is a life trustee of the university. Lane, partner emeritus at Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, will remain a member of the board and will continue to serve on its executive committee, according to the release.

“As one of America’s most successful business leaders, Jim Rohr has provided insightful guidance and service to Carnegie Mellon as a member of the board of trustees for 22 years,” President Suresh said in the release.

About Lane, President Suresh said, “Ray Lane has been an outstanding and inspiring chairman of the board, guiding it effectively during a period of transition at the university.”

Shirley, Neville now graduate student housing

As part of a number of changes to this year’s housing selection process, Shirley and Neville apartments will no longer be available as options for undergraduate students for the 2015-16 academic year. Instead, the on-campus locations will be open for graduate students.

The choice to offer these locations to graduate students is part of “an effort to create a more concentrated living experience for graduate students,” according to Housing Services’s “What’s New for Room Selection 2015” webpage.

The website specifies that graduate students will apply for these spaces in an application separate from the normal room selection process, with more information about the application coming soon.
Students living in Shirley and Neville Apartments this year are eligible to participate in other phases of the selection process, but cannot retain their current apartments.

In addition to this change, the housing selection process has been moved forward dramatically. The housing portal, where students can select their room assignments, will open on Feb. 15. Students looking to keep their current rooms must specify that they are retaining by Feb. 18, while students participating in general room selection must apply by Feb. 26.

Students living in Greek houses this year will now also be able to participate in room selection, where previously they could not move back on campus.