A member of the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department staff since March of 2006, Melissa Craig is the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Associate Athletic Director/Business Administration. She also provides administrative support to the Business Office Staff, Band, Cheer, Human Resources, Information Technology, Video, and the Performance Team.
Her responsibilities include obtaining approval of air travel for all 19 sports and all support areas, reconciling the monthly air travel bill, preparing financial forms for vendor and interdepartmental payments, processing officials’ payments, managing archived department records, supervising Business Office student employees, and, most importantly, understanding coach, staff member, and customer circumstances, problems, needs, and expectations. One of the Melissa’s top responsibilities and qualities is fielding questions and directing answers for solutions.
Prior to joining the Athletics Department Melissa was an art teacher at the elementary school level. As a member of the Junior League of Pittsburgh she chaired a highly successful Designer’s Show House and was awarded Junior Leaguer of the Year. At the Winchester Thurston School she was a part of the Parent’s Association committee that developed the WT cookbook – An Acquired Taste – A Collection of Fine Recipes from Winchester Thurston School & Pittsburgh Celebrities and Restaurants.
A native of Alton, Ia., she has lived in Pittsburgh long enough to be called a “true Pittsburgher”. Melissa has three grown children, McKenzie, Andrew, living and working in Manhattan/Brooklyn and Maxwell and his wife Linda living and working in Seattle. And, Lola, a Rhodesian Ridgeback.
Beyond the Bio
Favorite place on the University of Pittsburgh campus?
Schenley Plaza – an oasis of green in the city campus.
Favorite sports moment at Pitt?
I was at the 2008 football OT win vs Notre Dame. Pat Bostick, in for injured Bill Stull, forced OT with a TD pass to Jonathan Baldwin. Shady McCoy rushed for season high 169 yards on 32 carries setting up Conor Lee winning Field Goal! AND, the game lasted so long the timed sprinklers turned on in the end zone during OT! Game delayed until they were able to turn them off. What a sight, what a game, what a win!
Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection – Mark Twain
What is your favorite thing to do in the city of Pittsburgh?
Restaurants – so many great, critically acclaimed chefs and restaurants. Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla, Richard DeShantz of Tako and Butcher and the Rye and the Hoopers of Legume and Butter Joint to name a few.
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