I am delighted to announce that the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s annual Academic Honors Convocation, which recognizes the exemplary academic achievement of our students, will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 28 in the Living/Learning Center.
This year’s speaker will be Pennsylvania's Secretary of Education Dr. Gerald Zahorchak. Prior to being confirmed as Secretary of Education in 2006, Dr. Zahorchak served as Superintendent of the Greater Johnstown School District, and Deputy Mayor of Johnstown. He has worked with students at virtually every level of education as superintendent, principal, teacher and football coach. He has been widely published and is a frequent speaker at national educational conferences, symposia, and other forums. He is a frequent guest on Pennsylvania public television and radio stations.
A native of Johnstown, Dr. Zahorchak has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work in advancing the field of education. Among his honors are the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Programs Distinguished Educator Award, the Pennsylvania League of Urban School Leadership Award, St. Francis University’s Distinguished Alumnus in Education President’s Award, the Penn State School Study Council’s Caldwell Award for Excellence in Administration and Service, and the Pennsylvania Outstanding Research and Publication Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Dr. Zahorchak received his doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University, his master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Francis University.
I hope that you will be able to join me for this most important ceremony.