University Scholarship

Hillman University Librarian

The Hillman Foundation made a $2.5 million grant to endow a chair for the University librarian and director of the University Library System. When the chair was established, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said, "Library strength is critical to the work of both faculty members and students, particularly in a research university. Here at Pitt, we are blessed with both a wonderful collection and with world-class library leadership. This endowed chair signals the importance that we place on our libraries and better positions us to meet the ever increasing information needs of the scholarly community."

The endowment for the Hillman University Librarian provides funds for special projects, including technological resources that have been used to digitize and preserve archives and special collections. The endowment also supplements the director’s salary and provides funding for the director to travel and build partnerships with universities in the United States, China, Australia, Japan, and Europe. 

Rush Miller, who is pictured here, is head of Pitt's University Library System. He was the first incumbent of the Hillman Chair, which is one of only a handful of similar endowed librarian chairs at universities throughout the country.