Featured event in the weeklong Celebrating 80 anniversary events will be the inauguration of Dr. Jem Spectar as the fifth president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on Friday, September 28, in the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the UPJ campus.
With an outstanding leadership record, Dr. Spectar has been provost at Western Oregon University; associate provost of academic affairs at the University of Scranton; director of studies at Princeton University; and assistant dean of students at the University of La Verne. In announcing Dr. Spectar’s appointment, Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg offered, “Dr. Spectar is a visionary leader and celebrated teacher with the skills and experience necessary to build effectively upon the strengths of our Johnstown campus and to enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff and administration.”
Cameroon, West African native Dr. Spectar received his BA in international studies from the University of La Verne; the MBA from Frostburg State University; the MA from The George Washington University; the JD from the University of Maryland Law School; and the MA in politics and the PhD in political science from Claremont Graduate University. During his distinguished career, Dr. Spectar has published numerous articles on international law and made presentations focusing on the world’s disadvantaged, international human rights and global health issues.
Salutations will be presented by leaders from the business and academic communities.
• David H. Fyock, chairman, Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce and chairman, MountainTop Technologies, Inc.;
• Dr. Beth Barnett, provost, Ramapo College of New Jersey;
• Gladys Go (’92), president, Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association;
• Angela Mazur, president, UPJ Student Senate;
• Andrea Leibfreid, president, UPJ Staff Activities and Concerns Association;
• Dr. John W. Thompson, associate professor of mathematics and president, UPJ Faculty Senate; and
• E. Jeanne Gleason, chairperson, UPJ Advisory Board and member, University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees.
Mark A. Nordenberg, JD, chancellor, University of Pittsburgh and Dr. James V. Maher, provost, University of Pittsburgh, will provide remarks.
Special greetings from world leaders will be shared at the inauguration including a video message from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and letters from Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of the Republic of Liberia, West Africa and 42nd President of the United States of America William Jefferson Clinton.
Chancellor Nordenberg will perform the installation.
The UPJ Concert Choir will sing the national anthem and University of Pittsburgh Alma Mater. The Ceremonial Brass Quintet will provide a musical interlude.
Dr. Catherine Cox, professor of English, will serve as grand marshal for the academic procession.
A reception for invited guests will be held following the ceremony in the UPJ Living/Learning Center’s Heritage Hall.
The inauguration ceremony will be webcast on the University website at www.upj.pitt.edu.
UPJ is a vital knowledge center defining excellence and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural and economic environment through: excellent faculty teaching scholarship and service as well as enriching faculty-student mentorships and collaborations in scholarship, research and creative activity; operating as a top employer and key partner in shaping the economic future with an annual impact exceeding $60 million; engaging the community through exceptional volunteerism by faculty, staff and students; expanding the workforce capacity by linking theory to practice through experiences such as internships and service learning projects; exceeding the national averages of student graduation and retention rates of similar institutions; a tradition of athletic excellence, with nationally recognized and award-winning; 17,000 alumni making a difference throughout the community and world; and by growing partnerships with businesses in areas such as healthcare, education, commerce, technology and the arts.
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