Office of the Provost


June 6, 2006

Dear Colleagues:

It is with deep regret that I have accepted the retirement of President Albert Etheridge, effective June 30, 2007. President Etheridge has served as President of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown since 1994. His decision to retire will conclude 13 years of successful administrative leadership and service to the Johnstown Campus and to the University.

Dr. Etheridge received his baccalaureate degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, his MS in Biology at the University of Mississippi, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his faculty career at Louisiana State University and subsequently served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin, as Professor of Biology and then Head of the Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He became Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Graduate Dean at that University in 1981 before accepting the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nicholls State University.

Dr. Etheridge was appointed Pitt’s fourth President of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1994. His administration has been marked by his commitment to building a sense of collegiality among the faculty and providing an atmosphere for collaboration and cooperation. He has served as a significant contributor to the life of the Johnstown community, serving on the Boards of Memorial and Good Samaritan Hospitals, the Joint Executive Committee of the Conemaugh Health System, the community Foundation of Johnstown, the United Way of Greater Johnstown, and the Johnstown Area Regional Industries. Recently, he was one of just 14 college presidents from the United States to participate in an inaugural meeting of Cuban and American colleges and universities to further develop an academic exchange between the two countries.

I have very much enjoyed working with President Etheridge both in his role as leader of the Johnstown Campus and in his participation in the activities of our Council of Deans. Under Dr. Etheridge’s leadership, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has developed the quality and size of its undergraduate student program and its physical facilities. He has shown unerring attention to the campus’s mission to provide a high-quality education at a reasonable cost and to contribute to the important regional agenda of economic development.

A search committee will be formed soon with the intention of identifying Dr. Etheridge’s successor by next spring.


James V. Maher

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