University of Pittsburgh


Awards and Honors Received by
Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg

The Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Chair

The Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg University Chair is supported by a $2.5 million gift from members of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees, Pitt alumni, and friends of the University. Establishment of the chair celebrates a decade of dramatic progress under Chancellor Nordenberg’s leadership. The chair will exist in perpetuity to advance faculty excellence at the University of Pittsburgh. More

Teaching Honors
Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1994-present
Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh, 1985

Chancellor Nordenberg received the University-wide Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Pittsburgh for excellence in teaching. The award is presented annually to faculty members who fulfill the University’s mission to provide high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts and sciences and professional fields. Distinguished teaching implies sustained commitment, effectiveness in helping students achieve meaningful goals, and overall teaching excellence.

Excellence-in-Teaching Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1984

Chancellor Nordenberg was the first recipient of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law’s Excellence-in-Teaching Award. Each year, members of the law school’s graduating class select a professor they believe is most deserving of the award, which is presented during the law school’s commencement ceremony. The Student Bar Association administers the election process.

Professional Honors
Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate Resolutions, 2014

On March 18, Pennsylvania's House and Senate honored Chancellor Nordenberg by unanimously passing resolutions citing the myriad of accomplishments and rise in stature that Pitt has enjoyed under his leadership

Elsie Hillman Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service, 2014

Pitt's Institute of Politics presented its Hillman Award to Chancellor Nordenberg and former Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon in recognition of the university leaders' stellar record of cooperation and joint achievement. "Through their collaborative leadership style, Nordenberg and Cohon have demonstrated how developing strategic partnerships can improve governments, philanthropies, and public and private enterprises, creating opportunities for regional prosperity to be enjoyed by all," said institute director Terry Miller.

Carnegie Science Center Chairman's Award, 2014

The Carnegie Science Center presented its highest honor, the Chairman's Award, to Chancellor Nordenberg and former Carnegie Mellon University President Jared L. Cohon. "These two individuals have had an unparalleled impact on our region's scientific vitality," said Ann Metzger, the center's Henry Buhl Jr. co-director. "As concurrent leaders of two great local universities, President Cohon and Chancellor Nordenberg forged an unprecedented relationshp of mutual respect and collaboration, which has helped open the door to a new era of scientific exploration, entrepreneurial strength, and academic excellence in Pittsburgh."

Dr. Freddie Fu Sports Leadership Award, 2014

Under Chancellor Nordenberg's leadership, Pitt built the Petersen Events Center, began playing its home football games at Heinz Field, and moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast conference, among other achievements. The Dr. Freddie Fu Sports Leadership Award is awarded annually during the Dapper Dan Dinner and Sports Auction in Pittsburgh. The award is named for Pitt's Freddie H. Fu, Distinguished Service Professor, David Silver Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, head team physician for the Athletics Department, and a pioneer in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine.

Art Rooney Award, 2013

The Catholic Youth Association was the favorite charity of Arthur J. Rooney Sr., the patriarch of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mr. Rooney began a tradition in 1974 to stabilize the youth organization's finances. That tradition—the Art Rooney Award Dinner—continues to this day. At the 40th annual Art Rooney Award Dinner and Auction, held on April 18, 2013, the Catholic Youth Association honored a group of "Pittsburgh's Champions" for their many contributions to the Pittsburgh region. Among the champions was Chancellor Nordenberg, who received the celebrated Art Rooney Award. "Chancellor Nordenberg has taken the University [of Pittsburgh] to a new level," said Steelers President Art Rooney II. "He has always been willing to get involved in the community and take up the cause when needed. If you look at the list of people who have received the award, it's a group that had distinguished careers and a big impact on our community. There is no question Mark [Nordenberg] deserves to be among that group."

Exemplary Leader Award, 2013

Pitt's Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, part of the University's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), presents the Exemplary Leader Award in recognition of the accomplishments of highly effective leaders who demonstrate the values of accountability, ethics, and responsibility. Chancellor Nordenberg received the 2013 Exemplary Leader Award for his outstanding leadership and stewardship at the University. The work of the Johnson Institute is made possible through the support of Glen and LaVonne (A&S '76, GSPIA '80) Johnson.

Community Impact Award, Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee (PAJC), 2012

PAJC's Community Impact Award recognizes individuals' professional achievements and contributions to Pittsburgh and its economy.

Presidential Leadership Award, the Gordie Foundation and Outside the Classroom, 2009

The Gordie Foundation and Outside the Classroom named Chancellor Nordenberg the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Leadership Award, recognizing his success in promoting a vibrant intellectual and social campus climate at Pitt that de-emphasizes the role of alcohol. The award included a $50,000 donation to the University in the name of Chancellor Nordenberg.

History Makers Award (Education), 2009

Chancellor Nordenberg was among the seven Pittsburgh leaders who were recognized for their exceptional contributions—in a variety of disciplines—to Western Pennsylvania, the nation, and the world as part of the Senator John Heinz History Center's 17th annual History Makers Awards Dinner on April 17, 2009.

Homer S. Brown Law Association Spirit Award, 2009

The Homer S. Brown Law Association (HSBLA) is Western Pennsylvania's primarily African American law association that works to advance the legal profession and to increase the level of diversity among Allegheny County lawyers. Recipients of the HSBLA Spirit Award are individuals and organizations that consistently have exhibited a willingness to advance and empower the African American community through dedicated service.

Bnai Zion Humanitarian Award, Bnai Zion Foundation, Pittsburgh Region, 2008

Bnai Zion is a membership organization dedicated to assisting those in need with humanitarian projects in both Israel and America. Chancellor Nordenberg was chosen to receive the award for his exemplary leadership in the Pittsburgh region.

Kesher Award, Edward and Rose Berman Hillel Jewish University Center, 2006

Chancellor Nordenberg shared this honor with Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon. The award honored the efforts of both Pitt and Carnegie Mellon in working with the Hillel Jewish University Center’s student leadership to support vibrant and diverse campus communities for all students.

Nellie Award, Three Rivers Youth, 2006

Three Rivers Youth is a charitable agency that provides services to abused, neglected, runaway, and homeless youth. The private nonprofit recently celebrated 125 years of working with families. Chancellor Nordenberg was among community leaders honored for their work helping at-risk youth and families in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Chief Executive Leadership Award, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II, 2006

Chancellor Nordenberg was recognized for leading the University’s $1 billion fund-raising campaign, overseeing its advances in undergraduate education, and expanding its successful community and economic development partnerships. More

Person of Vision Award, Pittsburgh Vision Services, 2003

Chancellor Nordenberg shared this honor with Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon. The award is presently annually to individuals whose vision has made a difference in the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region.

Pittsburgher of the Year, Pittsburgh Magazine, 2001

Chancellor Nordenberg shared this honor with Carnegie Mellon University President Jared Cohon. The award recognizes the cooperative accomplishments of Chancellor Nordenberg and President Cohon in regional development initiatives, including their joint leadership in the Pittsburgh BioVenture/Life Sciences Greenhouse effort and the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse.

Pittsburgher of the Year, Pittsburgh Magazine, 1999

Chancellor Nordenberg was selected as Pittsburgher of the Year for his role as a policymaker and champion of regionalism.

Person of the Year, Vectors Pittsburgh, 1998

Chancellor Nordenberg was selected as Pittsburgh’s Person of the Year based upon a poll of 1,800 corporate and civic leaders.

Person of the Year in Education, Vectors Pittsburgh, 1997
Professional Achievement Award, Thiel College Alumni Association

Awards Presented by Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg

2014 Chancellor’s Affirmative Action Award

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Diversity (CEED) Program

2014 Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Awards

Bopaya Bidanda
Ernest Roth Professor and Chair
Department of Industrial Engineering
Swanson School of Engineering

Robert Ruck
Professor of History
Department of History
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Jay Sukits
Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business

2014 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Awards

Ivet Bahar
(Senior Scholar Category)
Distinguished Professor and John K. Vries Chair
Department of Computational and Systems Biology
School of Medicine

Jonathan Pruitt
(Junior Scholar Category)
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Marcus Rediker
(Senior Scholar Category)
Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History
Department of History
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Nathaniel Rosi
(Junior Scholar Category)
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Andrew Schwartz

(Senior Scholar Category)
Professor of Neurobiology
Department of Neurobiology
School of Medicine


2014 Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards

Sayre N. Greenfield
Professor of English
Department of English
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Cynthia Lance-Jones
Professor of Neurobiology
Department of Neurobiology
and Assistant Dean for Medical Student Research
School of Medicine

Steven Levitan
John A. Jurenko
Professor of Computer Engineering
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Swanson School of Engineering

Samuel Poloyac
Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Pharmacy


2014 Chancellor’s Awards for Staff Excellence
in Service to the University

Sheila Confer
Coordinator, MAP-Works Retention Initiative
and Assistant Director, Academic Village
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Kristin A. Hopkins
The University Store on Fifth
University of Pittsburgh

Christine Metil
Administrator, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
and Associate Director, Russian and East European Summer Language Institute
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Holly Spittler
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Career Services
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford


2014 Chancellor’s Awards for Staff Excellence
in Service to the Community

Donna J. Alexander
Administrative Secretary, Marketing and Communications
Office of Institutional Advancement

David E. Atkinson
IT Business Analyst
Office of Computing Services and Systems Development

Felix Catlin
Medical Translator
Department of Biostatistics
Graduate School of Public Health

Adam Causgrove
Research Grant Administrator
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
School of Medicine

Ervin Dyer
Senior Editor
Pitt Magazine
Office of University Communications

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