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National Honor

Written by Cara J. Hayden



Every year at the University’s opening convocation for freshmen, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg addresses the sobering topic of alcohol abuse. It’s not a typical part of his interactions with students—he prefers encouraging exploration of their academic passions—but it is, he believes, a necessary one.

His attitude toward responsible drinking and his support of numerous antidrinking programs at Pitt earned him a national accolade in November. He received the Presidential Leadership Award, an annual honor that recognizes one college or university president nationwide for alcohol-prevention efforts. It includes a $50,000 prize, which will be used to further support Pitt’s alcohol-prevention programs.

The award is given by the Gordie Foundation in memory of Gordie Bailey, a freshman at the University of Colorado who died of alcohol poisoning in 2004, as well as by Outside the Classroom, an organization that assists universities with alcohol-prevention programs.