October 24, 2008
Carnegie Mellon Dedicates New H. John Heinz III College
PITTSBURGH, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The dedication of Carnegie Mellon University's new H. John Heinz III College today marked its commitment to provide future leaders with an exciting blend of the policy and technical expertise needed to overcome critical global issues.
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"The creation of the Heinz College is a logical and compelling evolution for the university," said Ramayya Krishnan, acting dean. "As information and communication technologies change the world, the Heinz College is positioned to develop leaders who can understand, anticipate and effectively respond to the rapid, changing nature of managerial and policy problems that affect organizations, societies and individuals around the globe."
In addressing students, Heinz Endowments and Heinz Family Philanthropies Chair Teresa Heinz referred to her late husband as recognizing that academic programs must be kept current to enable government to meet serious challenges. "You have come to this college at a time in which we confront global problems that are unprecedented," she said. "The only way for us to succeed, as my husband knew well, is for graduates like you to be prepared to work across disciplines, ideologies and party lines. That is why this expansion is so important."
The vision for the college, funded by a $13 million grant from The Heinz Endowments and the result of longstanding generous support of the university, expands the academic menu and enriches its full-time graduate programs. Under the new curricula, students will be able to earn nine master's degrees and three doctorates in various disciplines ranging from healthcare and biotechnology to management and information systems.
"We are deeply grateful to The Heinz Endowments for their magnificent gift," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. "Through its progressive, global curricula and focus on solving real-world problems, the college truly celebrates the rich legacy of Senator Heinz."
The Heinz College is one of the university's seven colleges and schools, which include: the Carnegie Institute of Technology; the College of Fine Arts; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Mellon College of Science; the Tepper School of Business; and the School of Computer Science.
The naming of the new college was celebrated on Oct. 24 with a formal announcement and dedication ceremony by the university's board of trustees. Paul H. O'Neill, former U.S. treasury secretary and member of the Heinz College Dean's Advisory Council, gave a special address reflecting on the legacy of Senator Heinz and emphasizing the vital role technology must play in policy and the impact that it has on society.
A bronze plaque was erected in recognition of Senator Heinz's inspiration and influence on the new college's curricula. The plaque now hangs in the foyer of Hamburg Hall, home of the Heinz College. The plaque, in part, reads: "Heinz's all encompassing commitment to public service, environmental issues and international commerce endeared him to constituents of all ages, transcended partisan mind-sets and set a new bar for the political vocation."
Senator Heinz, who believed that "almost all real vital decisions affecting our lives were made in the public sector," served as a U.S. representative from 1971-1976 and as a U.S. senator from 1977 until his death in 1991.
About Carnegie Mellon: Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive on its 144-acre Pittsburgh campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leading research universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of Fine Arts. A global university, Carnegie Mellon has campuses in Silicon Valley, Calif., and Qatar, and programs in Asia, Australia and Europe. For more, see http://www.cmu.edu/.
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