Robert Knipple, executive director of External Relations at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, has been selected to receive the 2009 Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the Community. He will be recognized the University of Pittsburgh Honors Convocation on February 27. Additionally, his name will be added to a plaque displayed in the William Pitt Union, on the Pittsburgh Campus, inscribed with the names of all recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards.
Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar remarked, “Mr. Knipple is deeply involved in service activities and is a strong voice for a number of causes, especially those relating to children. He embodies the Pitt spirit by connecting our campus with the Johnstown community and the greater University of Pittsburgh through his remarkable energy and vision. His commendable record of service to our community has benefited the University through his ability to strengthen relationships and pursue new opportunities. In totality, he is a Pitt Man, embracing opportunity and contributing most strongly to our efforts to achieve a new dimension of excellence.”
Mr. Knipple, who began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1985, earned his BA in journalism and certificate in business from Pitt-Johnstown, and his MA in adult and community education from IUP. He is involved in a number of community organizations and holds board positions with the United Way of the Laurel Highlands, the Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Chamber of Commerce, and the Learning Lamp, where he serves as board chair. He is a past president of the East Hills Business Association and led the effort to establish Project Click Safe. He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Phi Delta Kappa National Honor Society, and both the Pitt and Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Associations. In 2004 he received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service at Pitt-Johnstown.
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 development, UPJ offers a first-class educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.