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Committee on Personnel Benefits 2015-2016

Specific Charges for 2015-2016

All Specific Charges are in addition to each committee's "General" Charge in the Council Bylaws

  • Continue discussion of Penn Behavioral Health, with particular focus on out-of-network benefits and the administration of claims, as well as compliance with new federal regulations regarding mental health benefits.
  • Consider Penn’s retirement benefits for faculty and staff.  Evaluate retirement benefits, particularly retirement (qualified plan) and especially in relation to peer institutions. 
  • Review same-sex partner benefits in light of the changes in laws governing same-sex marriage.
  • Monitor implementation of revised short-term disability/maternity leave policy.
  • Continue to discuss and review the requirements of Health Care Reform and consider needed changes in University benefits.
  • Continue to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of Penn's wellness initiatives, including Penn's program with Health Advocate.
  • Continue to discuss and investigate how information on benefits is disseminated and possible improvements thereto. 
  • Review and discuss this Committee’s general charge and identify two or three issues that should be given the highest priority for the committee’s work in academic year 2016-17.

Committee Members


  • Reed Shuldiner*


  • Susan Sproat
  • Jack Heuer


  • Sheila Hall


  • David Balamuth*
  • Carolyn Cannuscio* 
  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Russell Localio
  • Jonathan Smith* 
  • Petra Todd
  • Rakesh Vohra 

Graduate/professional students

  • None

Undergraduate students

  • None


  • Heather Frattone*
  • Amy Nothelfer
  • Susan Russoniello


  • Joe Mellon, Jr.*
  • Peter Rockett*
  • Joyce Woodward-Jones*


  • Anita Allen

*Indicates reappointment as chair or member.