Mark Nordenberg Named 2017 Excellence is Ageless Gala Honoree

Published: Monday, December 12, 2016





Mark Nordenberg is Chancellor Emeritus and Chair of the Institute of Politics of the University of Pittsburgh. He joined Pitt’s law faculty in 1977, served as Dean of its Law School from 1985 to 1993, and was elevated to the special faculty rank of Distinguished Service Professor in 1994. From 1995 to 2104, a period of particular progress for Pitt, he served as the university’s 17th Chancellor. For more than 25 years, the Institute of Politics has provided a neutral non-partisan forum for the consideration of policy issues of importance to this region.

Nordenberg’s many honors include being named Pittsburgh Magazine’s Person of the Year and a History Maker by the Senator John Heinz History Center. He also was awarded the Homer S. Brown Law Association’s Spirit Award, the Catholic Youth Association’s Art Rooney Award, the Community College of Allegheny County’s Legend in Leadership Award, the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership’s Exemplary Leader Award, the Pittsburgh Area Jewish Committee’s Community Impact Award, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s Mary Schenley Medal, and Thiel College’s Louis and Barbara Thiel Distinguished Service Award.

Nordenberg has been awarded honorary degrees by Carnegie Mellon University, the Community College of Allegheny County, LaRoche College, Thiel College and the University of Pittsburgh. He was the founding Chair or Co-Chair of the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, the Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse and the Pittsburgh Robotics Foundry. He currently serves on the boards of Bank of New York Mellon, the Manchester-Bidwell Corporation and UPMC.

Nordenberg is married to Dr. Nikki Pirillo Nordenberg. They have three adult children and four grandchildren. He is an honors graduate of North Allegheny High School, Thiel College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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