Chatham University's Presidential Inauguration installing David L. Finegold, DPhil as the nineteenth president of the university.




Chatham University inaugurated Dr. David Finegold on Friday, October 13, 2017 at Campbell Memorial Chapel on Chatham's Shadyside Campus. Presidents and delegates from Universities around the country, Chatham's Board of Trustees, faculty, students, alumni, friends, partners and elected officials all helped commemorate the occasion, which was followed by a reception in Chatham's Athletic & Fitness Center.



VIDEO: The inauguration ceremony


Rabbi Ron Symons, Senior Director of Jewish Life, JCC of Greater Pittsburgh

Jenna Templeton, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jennifer Potter '66, Chair, Chatham University Board of Trustees

Governmental Welcomes & Proclamations
The Honorable Jay Costa, Jr., State Senator
The Honorable Dan Frankel, State Representative
The Honorable Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive
The Honorable Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh
The Honorable Dan Gilman, City Councilman

Community Welcome
Pamela Bradley '70 (on behalf of the Chatham University Alumni)
Joseph Wister, Ph.D. (on behalf of the Chatham University Faculty)
Sandra Rectenwald, Head Coach, Women's Basketball (on behalf of the Chatham University Staff)
Diarra Clark '19, President, Chatham Student Government (on behalf of the Chatham University Student Body)

David Golub, President, Golub Capital
Joseph Blasi, Ed.D., Distinguished Professor, Rutgers School of Management & Labor Relations
David Galas, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute
Phil Bronner, J.D., Co-founder, American Honors

Investiture & Conferall of Presidential Medal
Jennifer Potter '66

Presidential Address
David Finegold, DPhil, President

VIDEO: Chatham's student-centered leadership



This video was shown prior to the investure and conconferall of presidential medal portion of the ceremony. The video features President Finegold addressing Chatham students at Fall 2017's Opening Convocation, along with student thoughts on success in the president's role at Chatham University.


In recognition of Dr. Finegold's inauguration, two specific funds have been selected for giving. Donors can choose to give to the President's Scholarship Fund, which will support merit scholarships for our outstanding students. Donors may also select to support the President's Innovation Fund, a fund designed to encourage distinctive pilot projects that have long-term, wide-reaching potential for fostering transformative learning on and off campus.

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Your gift benefits Chatham students in many ways. From student scholarships, faculty development, experiential learning opportunities, facility and technology enhancements to the preservation of Chatham's historic buildings, everything that makes a Chatham education special is made possible by donors like you.


Founded in 1869 as Pennsylvania Female College, today Chatham University is a fully coed institution with over 2,000 students enrolled across three locations (and online) in undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability, health & wellness, business & communications, and the arts & sciences.

Chatham University seal

Chatham is the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson '29, and is recognized as a leader in the field of sustainability, having been selected as one of the Top 50 Green Colleges by The Princeton Review; ranked in the top five nationally for sustainability achievements in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS); and mentioned by Forbes as one of the places "contributing to Pittsburgh's transformation into a destination for green living." Building on these accomplishments, Chatham opened in 2014 the first campus dedicated to the study of sustainability, Eden Hall Campus.

Consistently ranked as a best college by U.S. News & World Report in the Regional Universities North category, Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment; the School of Arts, Science & Business; and the College for Continuing & Professional Studies.

About President Finegold

Dr. David Finegold has over 30 years of experience in higher education as a researcher, author, professor, academic dean, senior vice president and chief academic officer. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard in 1985, and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, from which he received his DPhil in Politics in 1992. Download Dr. Finegold's biography »

Dr. David Finegold Biography PDF