I am pleased to announce three administrative appointments: Mr. Joseph Jeffrey Sernell, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, has been appointed Associate Vice President for Information Technology; Ms. Katherine Stahl Kinsinger, Academic Support Coordinator, has been appointed Director of the Academic Success Center (formerly the Academic Support Center); and Ms. Jennifer S. Kist, Assistant Director of Admissions, has been appointed Director of International Services.
Mr. Jeffrey Sernell
During his 30-year career at Pitt-Johnstown, Mr. Sernell has been actively involved in incorporating technology into our administrative operation and providing the high level of support that is required to sustain such an expansive technology infrastructure. He has demonstrated strong leadership as the chief technology officer for the campus and through his effective management of key information technology initiatives including the addition of wireless Internet service on campus. His continuing efforts to support our IT infrastructure will be critical as we work to implement the recommendations of the Facilities, Infrastructure, and Technology (FIT) Task Force.
An alumnus, Mr. Sernell received both his BA in business (summa cum laude) and BS in applied statistical mathematics (cum laude) from Pitt-Johnstown, and earned his Master of Science in Information Systems from Drexel University. He is currently a PhD candidate in business administration (computer and information security). He serves on the Institutional Image and Awareness Team and Johnstown Planning and Budgeting Committee, and was a member of the FIT Task Force where he led the technology working group.
Ms. Katherine Kinsinger
Since arriving at Pitt-Johnstown, Ms. Kinsinger has been instrumental in the development of the MAPS tutoring program and refining the first-year experience course, University Scholarship. She has proven strength as an academic advisor and mentor, consistently demonstrating a genuine concern for the well being of our students along with a solid understanding of their advising needs. In her new role, she will contribute to the effective integration of our freshmen into the community of educated persons while implementing a more effective advising process to provide personalized assistance to our students.
Ms. Kinsinger earned her BA in journalism and MA in student affairs in higher education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Pitt-Johnstown, she held positions at Penn State University, Penn State Altoona and Ohio University. Ms. Kinsinger is a member of the College Learning and Reading Association and the National Academic Advisors Association. Additionally, she has presented programs for the American College Personnel Association and the American College Health Association. She recently served on the Student-Friendly Culture of Service Task Force and is currently a member of the Staff Activities and Concerns Association.
Ms. Jennifer Kist
Ms. Kist began her professional career as an international admissions counselor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), where her primary responsibilities were in the areas of student recruitment and overseas preparation services for study abroad students. She also served as the Interim Coordinator of International Student Scholar Services at UMUC’s College Park campus. She has served as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Pitt-Johnstown since 1998 Her professional experience, combined with her strong commitment to international education, will enable us to enhance the administrative structure and organizational capacity of study abroad operations, and to increase international enrollment.
An alumna of Pitt-Johnstown, Ms. Kist received her BS in elementary education and earned her MA in student affairs in higher education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counseling, American Marketing Association, and NAFSA: National Association for International Educators.
We are, indeed, fortunate to have Mr. Sernell, Ms. Kinsinger, and Ms. Kist as members of our fine and dedicated family of employees. Please join me in congratulating them on their appointments.