Robert Knipple has been named Executive Director of External Relations at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. His appointment will be effective July 1.
In his new role, Mr. Knipple will have responsibility for alumni relations, and University communication and public relations. He will have general oversight and supervisory responsibility for several administrative units including Community Education and Outreach, and Sports Information. He will also coordinate the campus’ emergency response team and will continue to serve as chairperson of the Institutional Image and Advancement Team.
In announcing Mr. Knipple’s appointment, Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar stated, “Bob has done an exemplary job in strengthening and broadening outreach to our more than 17,000 alumni and is a very positive face for Pitt-Johnstown in our community. As a valued member of our senior leadership team, Bob will continue to lead our campus’ efforts to advance the awareness of our fine institution and will play an important role in helping us to achieve a new dimension of excellence.
An alumnus of Pitt Johnstown, Bob earned a BA in journalism and went on to earn an MA in adult and community education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa National Honor Society and received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service in 2004. He holds board positions with the United Way of the Laurel Highlands and the Learning Lamp, where is also serves as board chair. Additionally, he is a member of Johnstown Area Regional Industries’ Greater Johnstown Keystone Innovation Zone advisory committee and is past president of the East Hills Business Association.
Founded in 1927, UPJ is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.