Chronicling/University of Pittsburgh history

Issue Date: 
May 14, 2007


May 10, 1822—The Rev. Robert Bruce is installed as the first principal of the Western University of Pennsylvania, successor to the Pittsburgh Academy and predecessor of the University of Pittsburgh. In his inaugural address, the Scottish-born Bruce said that “he hoped the University might soon own a rich library and apparatus for the teaching of science; he hoped further that it might soon set up a school of medicine,” according to Robert C. Alberts’ Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh 1787-1987 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986).