Alumnus/Retired Executive Richard A. Bross to Address 2017 Commencement


posted April 20, 2017

Pitt-Johnstown alumnus and retired Hormel Foods Corp. executive Richard A. Bross will serve as honorary speaker at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s 2017 Commencement and receive the President’s Medal of Distinctive Excellence from Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar.

Richard A. BrossThe ceremony will be held in the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center on April 29, 2017, at 1 p.m. 

Approximately 550 students will graduate. Students majoring in Health Sciences and related fields followed by Engineering and Business majors lead the graduating class of 2017.

Mr. Bross graduated from Pitt-Johnstown magna cum laude with a BA economics and was a divisional scholar in economics. He began his career at Hormel Foods in Grocery Products sales in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area.

  • In 1981, he became a product marketing manager in the Grocery Products division at the Corporate Office (Austin, Minn.), where he held a variety of manager and director level positions.
  • In 1995, he became the vice president of Grocery Products and in 1999 was promoted to vice president of Hormel Foods, president of HFIC.
  • In 2001, he assumed the position of group vice president of Hormel Foods, president of HFIC, which he held until his retirement in December, 2012.

A noted philanthropist, Mr. Bross’s generous contribution to scholarships at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has earned him a place of distinction in the 1927 Cornerstone Society, the university’s most prestigious donor honor roll.

His interest in supporting business students while promoting strong communications and ethical leadership is changing lives. Mr. Bross also contributes his talent and time as a member of the Pitt-Johnstown Board of Advisors.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.