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Administrative Appointments - Finance and Administration

Administrative Appointments - Finance and Administration

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I am pleased to announce three administrative appointments in the area of Finance and Administration: Mr. Kelly M. Austin, Acting Vice President for Student Affairs, has been appointed Vice President for Finance and Administration (Interim); Mr. Christian J. Stumpf, Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services, has been appointed Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration; and Mrs. Joyce A. Radovanic, Executive Assistant to the President and Director of Special Projects, has been appointed Director of Conference Services and Special Projects.

Mr. Kelly AustinMr. Kelly Austin
Mr. Austin has served the University exceptionally well in his time here. He has wide-ranging experience in strategic planning, financial planning, budget management, and personnel management.  He has worked collaboratively with key personnel across campus to improve the living conditions in the residence halls and has enhanced the quality of wellness, recreation and social spaces.  As Acting Vice President for Student Affairs, Mr. Austin was responsible for transforming the Pitt-Johnstown student experience, improving student programming, increasing student participation in service and civic engagement, and managing budgets.

In addition to positions in student affairs, Mr. Austin has significant experience in financial management.  He worked as a senior labor analyst for Continental Airlines, where he conducted extensive benchmarking analyses in the airline industry and developed labor strategy recommendations.   Mr. Austin has also held financial industry positions with Norwest Financial and Toyota, where he gained extensive experience in modeling financial data for strategic planning and resource deployment. 

Mr. Austin was chair of the Student-Friendly Culture of Service Task Force, and was a member of the Facilities, Infrastructure, and Technology Task Force, and Enrollment Management and First Year Experience Task Force.  He is also a member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Association for Student Judicial Affairs, the American College Personnel Association, the National Academic Advising Association, and the National Association for Campus Activities. He has served as a volunteer with the United Way and the Special Olympics, and led an effort to raise money for the World Vision Organization.

He holds an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a master’s in student personnel from Slippery Rock University, and is near completion of his doctorate in social and comparative analysis in education from the University of Pittsburgh.  His exceptional leadership abilities and capacity to manage complex financial issues will serve the interests of Pitt-Johnstown well as we implement our New Dimension of Excellence Strategic Plan.

Mr. Christian StumpfMr. Christian Stumpf
Mr. Stumpf has done an exemplary job at developing our conference services operation into a first-class Living Learning Center.  Under his fine leadership, the Conference Center at Pitt-Johnstown has been recognized nationally for excellence in service and operational effectiveness.   As Assistant Vice President for Auxiliary Services, he managed a multi-million dollar operating budget that generated significant revenues for Pitt-Johnstown.  Mr. Stumpf’s dedication, experience and passion make him a very valuable member of our leadership team.

Mr. Stumpf, who began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1996 as Assistant Director of Conference Services, is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, and the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors – International (ACCED-I).  In 2008, he received the ACCED-I Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award.   He recently served on the Facilities, Infrastructure, and Technology Task Force, and the Student-Friendly Culture of Service Task Force.

An alumnus of Pitt-Johnstown, Mr. Stumpf earned his BS in biology, and earned his MA in student affairs in higher education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He is currently pursuing his EdD in higher education management at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Joyce RadovanicMrs. Joyce Radovanic
Through the experience gained during her extensive career at Pitt-Johnstown, Mrs. Radovanic has developed a great capacity to lead the Conference Center and build upon its many successes.  Her strong problem-solving abilities, highly effective interpersonal skills and commitment to student development are among the many traits that will bring her success in her expanded leadership role.  She will continue to serve as a valuable advisor to my office.

Mrs. Radovanic’s 26-year career at Pitt-Johnstown includes positions in the Business Office, Registrar’s Office and Education Division. She spent 11 years in the Office of Housing and Residence Life where she worked as Assistant to the Director before working as Assistant Director for Auxiliary Services in the Office of Conference Services.   She served as co-chairperson of the Celebrating 80 planning committee, and was responsible for coordinating logistics for the many events held as part of the celebration.

She is a summa cum laude graduate of Pitt-Johnstown, where she received her BA in English literature.  Mrs. Radovanic is a member of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Event Planners – International, and the North American Association of Commencement Officers.  She is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the Pitt-Johnstown Staff Activities and Concerns Association.

We are fortunate to have such fine and dedicated employees as part of the Pitt-Johnstown family.  Please join me in congratulating Mr. Austin, Mr. Stumpf, and Mrs. Radovanic.


Jem Spectar

Posted by Knipple, Robert on 7/15/2008 8:15:00 PM