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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Jem Spectar


University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Jem Spectar has served as the president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (Pitt-Johnstown) since July 2007. Since then, President Spectar has provided visionary, energetic and creative leadership that has contributed to the achievement of transformative strategic goals including significant academic program innovation, construction of new facilities, resource development and revitalized community relations. Under Spectar’s leadership, Pitt-Johnstown has since launched three new schools – nursing and health sciences, business and enterprise, and engineering – that have elevated the stature, profile and impact of the institution.

In addition, the Campus has undertaken extensive infrastructure upgrades including construction of new facilities and renovation exceeding $80 million (including several major projects that are currently underway). Transformative construction projects to date include a new wellness center, the Nursing and Health Sciences building, and the John P. Murtha Center for Public Service.

Furthermore, under the auspices of its Real World Action Program, students are increasingly involved in campus activities and community service. With its focus on civic engagement and positive action to impact our world, there has been increased involvement with our partners in the Greater Johnstown community to tackle common problems.

Prior to Pitt-Johnstown, Spectar served in several positions in academic institutions, including provost/vice president for academic affairs and professor at Western Oregon University.

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