I am pleased to announce the following administrative appointments. Dr. James F. Gyure, currently Senior Assistant to the President for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions, has been promoted to the position of Vice President for Enrollment Services and Planning. Mr. Bernard J. Sarneso, currently Assistant Director of Admissions, has been promoted to the position of Director. Mrs. Judith A. McGuirk, Admissions Counselor, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Director of Admissions.
The Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.
Dr. James Gyure
Dr. Gyure has done an exemplary job of overseeing the enrollment management function for many years. As Vice President for Enrollment Services and Planning, he will continue to oversee the offices of Admissions, Adult and Continuing Education, Financial Aid, Marketing, and Registrar, as well as related enrollment and student success initiatives. In addition, Dr. Gyure will oversee a broad range of planning and assessment initiatives aimed at implementing our New Dimension of Excellence Strategic Plan and enhancing institutional effectiveness.
Dr. Gyure has extensive experience in recruiting, admissions, financial aid, and marketing, and has an in-depth knowledge of contemporary approaches to strategic planning. His professional activities include presentations at conferences conducted by the American Marketing Association’s Symposium for the Marketing of Higher Education, the College Board, the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, and the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, as well as publications including the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, and the College Board Review. He is a member of a number of professional associations, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the AEJMC journal,
An active member of the campus community for more than three decades, Dr. Gyure has worked on many Pitt-Johnstown committees, served two terms as President of the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association, and is a charter member, past-Vice President and past-President of the Pitt-Johnstown chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He holds a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Gyure earned a PhD in Mass Communications/Media Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Bernard Sarneso
As the Director of Admissions, Mr. Sarneso will develop, implement and execute recruitment and admission strategies that help fulfill Pitt-Johnstown’s enrollment objectives. Having demonstrated strong leadership capacity, he will help direct the development of recruiting materials that promote Pitt-Johnstown, and will help establish strategies for communicating with prospective and admitted students using contemporary technologies.
Mr. Sarneso earned his BA in Secondary Education-Social Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and his MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During his career at Pitt-Johnstown, he has been actively involved in the design and implementation of the Introduction to the Collegiate Experience (ICEx) Program, and served as the Coordinator of the Freshman Network. Mr. Sarneso also contributed to the design and implementation of Pitt-Johnstown’s first freshman integration course, “The College.”
Mrs. Judith McGuirk
In her new role, Mrs. McGuirk will be responsible for coordinating on-campus reception programs for prospective students and developing an alumni recruiting network. Building upon a long record of very solid service, she will continue to lead the Student Tour Guide program, develop admissions recruitment campaigns, and counsel prospective students and their families.
An alumna of Pitt-Johnstown, Mrs. McGuirk earned a self-designed BA in Business and Psychology, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association board of directors, and served on the President’s Inclusive Community Task Force. She is a member of the Pennsylvania National Association of College Admission Counselors (PACAC), and was recently selected to present at the PACAC annual conference in Harrisburg. In the community, she is a member of the Women’s Information Network, the steering committee for the Governor’s Conference for Women, and Pennsylvania’s Junior Miss Academic Committee.
We are fortunate to have such exceptional and dedicated employees as part of the Pitt-Johnstown family. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Gyure, Mr. Sarneso, and Mrs. McGuirk.