Office of the Provost


March 20, 2007

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Jem Spectar has accepted my offer to become the next President of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, effective July 1, 2007. Dr. Spectar earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies at the University of La Verne, California, an MBA from Frostburg State University, a Master of Arts from The George Washington University in Washington DC, the Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Law School, and the Master of Arts in Politics and the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. He was the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of La Verne, Director of Studies at Princeton University, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Scranton, and, most recently, has served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Oregon University.

Dr Spectar is also a passionate and dedicated teacher who has worked consistently to promote excellence in learning. His teaching experience includes Associate Professor of Law, University of La Verne; Lecturer, Political Science, Princeton University and Professor, Political Science, University of Scranton. He has received two awards for excellence in teaching.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Spectar has published numerous articles on international law and made presentations on the pressing issues of our time including the protection of human rights, the global commons and current issues in international health. In addition to his membership in a number of professional organizations, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans.

As a senior administrator at several institutions of higher education, Dr. Spectar has established a leadership style marked by an emphasis on consultation, collaboration, and transparency. He is deeply committed to innovation and has provided visionary leadership on assessment, strategic planning and international education. His outstanding academic and administrative leadership as well as his capacity for fund raising, friend-making and fostering positive community relations make him the ideal president for our Johnstown campus. Both Chancellor Nordenberg and I respect Dr. Spectar’s strong reputation for developing consensus while focusing on institutional priorities. Dr. Spectar is passionate in his commitment to the mission of the University of Pittsburgh and to Johnstown’s important role within it.

Dr. Spectar is an energetic and dynamic leader who will help move the campus forward to an even higher level of attainment. I look forward to working with Dr. Spectar and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown community to ensure the continuing success of the Campus under his capable leadership.


James V. Maher

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