Chatham News

BikePGH! recognizes Chatham assistant professor as Advocate of the Year

PITTSBURGH (July 24, 2012) … Michael Boyd, Ph.D., a Chatham assistant professor of music, was recognized as Bike Pittsburgh’s Advocate of the Year. He was also recognized for his work in Wilkins Township, where he’s earned a seat on the Board of Commissioners. As one of the founders of advisory committee Share the Road East, Boyd wants to identify bike-friendly routes between eastern communities and routes that utilize bike trails into Pittsburgh.

Boyd’s involvement and leadership in Chatham’s environmental sustainability and employee initiatives played a large role in Chatham being among the first to be named a Bike Friendly Employer by BikePGH. Last year, Chatham was also recognized as Pennsylvania’s first Bike Friendly University and a national Bike Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.

At Chatham, Boyd is on the Climate Committee and now chairs its Bicycle Work Group. He has worked with the committee, the Office of Sustainability, and the students’ Bike Collective to make the tax credit available to faculty and staff, re-establish a bicycle repair shop on campus, and host a Bike to Work Day site.

“We are continuing to work on other issues, such as increasing bike parking, hosting other events, and possibly establishing a campus bike share program,” says Boyd.

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Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit