Staff Members Lauded for Outstanding Service

Natalie Bombatch

posted December 18, 2014


Two members of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown staff, Mark Dougherty and Mark Gregory, have been recognized for outstanding service by campus President Dr. Jem Spectar. They received their awards at Pitt-Johnstown’s annual staff recognition luncheon held yesterday.

Mark Gregory and Jem SpectarMark Gregory, who works in Physical Plant, received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to the Community. While working as a dedicated Pitt-Johnstown employee for the past 30 years, Gregory has given back to our community by sharing precious time and talent with the youth of the Greater Johnstown community. Loving sports and wanting to share the excitement of baseball, football, and basketball by coaching and planning tournaments, he makes sure that no player is left behind and that all players have their “time to shine!” Gregory provides a focused and honorable outlet while teaching local youth teamwork and sportsmanship. Not willing to stop at the end of a regular season, he prepares young athletes for all-star team tournaments, providing guidance, enthusiasm, confidence, and pride.

Mark Dougherty and Jem SpectarMark Dougherty, executive director of Housing & Residence Life, received the President’s Staff Award for Excellence in Service to Pitt-Johnstown. As a role model for others, Dougherty demonstrates an exemplary commitment to both Pitt-Johnstown students and staff. He is someone who delivers on all promises while doing what it takes to get the job done by remaining focused and optimistic – no matter the situation. His interactions with students are always respectful and supportive while ensuring that their experiences at Pitt-Johnstown are positive. Dougherty also sets a positive example for others while working with the Staff Association Council, demonstrating strong leadership skills as President, and has been involved in several successful projects including last week’s “Snack with Santa.” A staff member remarked, “I am proud and fortunate to have this person as my colleague.”


Founded in 1927, 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 is the regional leader, educating for the RealWorld. The distinctive combination of our people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” by AC Online as one of the “Highest ROI Colleges in Pennsylvania,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been presented with The Seven Seals Award by the US Department of Defense’s office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).