Contact: E. Jeanne Gleason
Chair, Advisory Board, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Scholarship Endowment to Honor Achievements
of Dr. Albert L. Etheridge
Johnstown, November 16, 2006-Dr. Albert L. Etheridge, who has led the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for 13 years and will be retiring on June 30, 2007, is being honored for his achievements with a scholarship endowment. Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) has made a leadership gift towards this initiative. Dan DeVos, President and CEO of CTC, said, "What more appropriate tribute to a University President than a scholarship in his name."
Jeanne Gleason, Chair of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Advisory Board and Emeritus Trustee at the University of Pittsburgh, said, "During his tenure, Dr. Etheridge has certainly left his mark. He has provided leadership for these significant achievements:"
Grew the stature of the campus by achieving "3rd in North" status, US News and World Report, and raising $11.5 million toward Capital Campaign goal of $10 million
Built a new student dormitory: Willow Hall
Established new areas of study: Secondary Education/SS, Environmental Science, and a MSW degree
Established new campus traditions: Heritage Square, Memorial Tree Grove, and mountain cat statue
Established academic traditions: chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, Rising Senior Scholarship, President's Awards for Teaching Excellence and Service Excellence, and Freshman Convocation
Participated in educational mission to Cuba and received Distinguished Alumnus Award from alma mater
The news of scholarship endowment was given to Dr. Etheridge at the Century Club dinner, held annually for donors to UPJ, on November 15, 2006. Of special note is the fact that there was nearly 100% participation from the Advisory Board, which is a meaningful tribute to the work of Dr. Etheridge while serving as President.
Founded in 1927, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, "America’s Best Colleges", 2007.