Martin A. Fritz '86 has been named the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown's 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. This award is the highest honor that Pitt-Johnstown bestows upon its more than 19,500 alumni.
Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar commented, "Martin is a shining example of the unlimited potential that comes from being a Pitt-Johnstown alumnus. He has reached the pinnacle of success in his profession, but has never lost sight of his commitment to giving back to his community or his alma mater. Since his years at Pitt-Johnstown, he has seized opportunities to advance in his career while providing leadership to non-profit organizations that seek to advance the quality of life in our region. His strong support of Pitt-Johnstown has resulted in the creation of a scholarship that will provide opportunities for future students to follow in his footsteps. He epitomizes the type of outstanding graduate that we seek to recognize with this award."
Mr. Fritz is vice president of EQT Corporation and president of Midstream Operations, one of EQT’s three business units. EQT, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, transmission, and distribution; the Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Under Mr. Fritz's leadership, EQT Midstream has planned, engineered, and constructed more than 1,200 miles of pipe and installed 110,000 horsepower of compression. These projects provided the platform for significant volume growth of natural gas sales in both the Marcellus and Huron shale development areas. Mr. Fritz’s Midstream team operates more than 11,000 miles of pipe, 260,000 horsepower compression, and 63 Bcf of natural gas storage.
During his career at EQT, Mr. Fritz has held several positions including vice president and chief administrative officer, vice president and chief information officer, and deputy general counsel. Prior to his work at EQT, Mr. Fritz was an attorney with the international law firm of Duane Morris, LLP; and a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young.
Actively engaged in his community, Mr. Fritz is president of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council, president of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, a board member of the United Way of Allegheny County, and a board member of the EQT Foundation. In addition to being an active member of the Pitt-Johnstown Accounting Alumni Advisory Board, his loyalty to his alma mater includes establishing the George E. Letcher Accounting Award, which recognizes academic achievement in accounting; service to the Pitt-Johnstown Community; and leadership in the surrounding community. He is also a lifetime member of the Pitt Alumni Association and a member of the Pitt Career Volunteer Network.
A native of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Fritz resides in Peters Township with his wife, Mary Ellen, and two daughters. He graduated summa cum laude from Pitt-Johnstown in 1986 with a degree in business economics. As a student at Pitt-Johnstown he was a Presidential Scholar and president of the Student Accounting Organization. He went on to earn his juris doctorate degree at the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University where he graduated with honors in the top 10% of his class, and was associate editor of the school's law review. He also received a certificate in management from the Utility Executive Institute of the University of Idaho.
On learning of his selection, Mr. Fritz stated, “The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown broadened my horizons, gave me a passion for learning, showed me how persistence and hard work pay off, and taught me the importance of paying it forward by getting actively involved and helping others in the community. The personalized attention and assistance I received inside and outside of the classroom from the excellent faculty members, many of whom I remain friends with to this day, has been critical to my success.”
Mr. Fritz will be presented with his award at the annual Alumni Association Gala in October.
In order to be eligible for the Distinguished Alumni Award, candidates must have earned a bachelor’s or associate’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Candidates can also have earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh after having completed two years of study at Pitt-Johnstown during a period when four-year degrees were not available at the Johnstown campus. Nominations for the award can be submitted by any member of the University of Pittsburgh community, including alumni, faculty, staff, students, and Advisory Board members. Past recipients of the award are the late Congressman John P. Murtha '60; James E. Wilkes ’53, an entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry; Chester "Chet" Thomas '66, founder and Executive Director of Proyecto Aldea Global (Project Global Village) in Honduras; and retired Air Force Colonel Karen A. Esaias '79.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.