Rufus Henry Fitzgerald was the eleventh Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
He graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1919.
His administration is best remembered for its smooth ten-year tenure: reinstatement of athletic scholarships at the university, expansion of the student body, especially returning veterans after World World War II, and the worldwide success of Jonas Salk"s polio vaccine developed at Pitt"s medical center. Fitzgerald Field House, an athletic venue on the Pitt campus which opened during his tenure, is named in his honor.
He became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity as an undergraduate.