Evans Rose Jr. Nominated for Election as Emeritus Pitt Trustee

Issue Date: 
October 15, 2007

Evans Rose Jr.

The Nominating Committee of the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees has nominated Pitt alumnus Evans Rose Jr., a director of the Pittsburgh-based law firm Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., for election as an emeritus trustee of the board. The full board is scheduled to act on the nomination at its Oct. 26 meeting.

With more than 40 years of legal experience, Rose is a business and personal attorney focusing his practice on corporate, estate planning, and municipal finance law. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

A life member of the American Law Institute, he is a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence and formerly was secretary and a member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of Pennsylvania, chair of the Appellate Court Nominating Commission of Pennsylvania, chair of the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security, and a member of the Judicial Council of Pennsylvania.

Rose’s service on the Pitt Board of Trustees has spanned 26 years. When he was governor of Pennsylvania, Dick Thornburgh (LAW ’57 and a Pitt trustee since 2000) initially named Rose a Commonwealth Trustee in 1980 for an appointment that ended in November 1988. Senate President Pro Tempore Robert Jubelirer then appointed Rose to a Commonwealth Trustee term that extended from November 1988 to February 1993.

After a short hiatus, Jubelirer reappointed Rose a Commonwealth Trustee in November 1994 and again for three subsequent successive terms until Rose’s decision to retire from the board this past June 30.
During his tenure on the Pitt Board of Trustees, Rose served on the Executive, Audit, Budget, Compensation, Health Sciences, Institutional Advancement, and Nominating committees. He served as chair of the Nominating Committee, was a member of the Chancellor Search Committee, and co-chaired an ad hoc committee that reviewed the structure and operation of the board.

Following the conclusion of his board service, Rose was appointed by Pitt Board of Trustees Chair Ralph J. Cappy (CAS ’65, LAW ’68) to be a community representative to the Budget and Institutional Advancement committees. Rose has been a member of the Pitt School of Law Board of Visitors since 1980 and also has served on the visiting boards for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Learning Research and Development Center.

Rose earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1959 at the Pitt School of Law, where he served as articles editor of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review; he had received his AB degree in history and political science from Yale University in 1954. In addition to receiving the Trustee Medallion for his service on the Pitt board, Rose was awarded the University of Pittsburgh Bicentennial Medallion of Distinction