Donor Spotlights

Your Gift Can Be Transformative

The gifts you make to the Pitt School of Education create a better future for the school and support the University of Pittsburgh. We are fortunate to have alumni and friends who have given substantial gifts to support our students, faculty, and community initiatives. Below are a selection of highlighted stories of transformative gifts.

Renée and Richard Goldman

In 2014, Renée and Richard Goldman made a transformational gift of $3 million to establish the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean’s Chair in the School of Education. This endowment supports the salary, professional development, recruitment, expenses, and other scholarly activities of the dean of the School of Education.

“Giving back to educational causes is important to us,” says Richard. “We hope it also encourages others to give to education as well. Looking back over the course of our careers, we feel we’re not just business entrepreneurs, but social entrepreneurs, and this continues that legacy.”

View the article announcing their gift.

Rita M. Bean, PhD, and R. Tony Eichelberger, PhD

Rita and Tony are both Professors Emeriti of the School of Education. In 1997, they generously established the Rita M. Bean Endowed Student Resource Fund to provide financial assistance to students in literacy education. More than 20 years later, they continue to generously support the Rita M. Bean Endowed Student Resource Fund as well as other initiatives across the university.



Other major contributors to Pitt Education

  • Tom and Elaine Meisner - Tom (CAS '68, EDUC '70G, '78G) and Elaine (CAS '68) donated to create the Meisner Room which is designed for seminar classes and features state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment.
  • Zord Scholarship - Gene (CAS '66) and Carol (EDUC '64) McGrevin created the Lois Lyden Zord and The Honorable Joseph Zord Endowed Scholarship on behalf of Carol's parents.
  • With a gift of $250,000, Terrence Patrick Laughlin (KGSB '81) has created the Laughlin Endowed Fund in the School of Education. This fund will provide financial support and discretionary resources for graduate students in the School of Education.
  • Hayes Endowed Fund - Silvia Hayes (EDUC '56) created the Hayes Endowed Fund in honor of her husband, Charles Hayes Jr. (EDUC '55), who spent his life helping others.