Mark A. Nordenberg joined the faculty of Pitt’s School of Law in 1977. Earlier in his career, he served as Dean of the School of Law and as Interim Provost of the University. In 1995, he was elected Interim Chancellor by the University’s Board of Trustees, and the next year, following a national search, he was elected Chancellor. Nordenberg served in that office for nineteen years and led Pitt through one of the most impressive periods of progress in its 229-year history.
Throughout his career, Nordenberg has been very active in civic affairs and has received many important forms of recognition. Among them, he has been named Pittsburgh’s Person of the Year by Pittsburgh Magazine and a History Maker by the Senator John Heinz History Center. Reflecting his role as a regional leader in higher education, he has been awarded honorary degrees by Carnegie Mellon University, the Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, LaRoche College and Thiel College.
In 2014, Nordenberg and Jared Cohon, President Emeritus of Carnegie Mellon, received the Elsie Hilliard Hillman Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Public Service from the Institute of Politics. After stepping down as Chancellor, he joined the Institute as its Chair and has been particularly involved in its incarceration and opioid initiatives. He serves on the boards of Bank of New York Mellon, BNY Mellon’s Southwestern Pennsylvania Foundation, Manchester Bidwell and UPMC.