Alumnus, CEO Lauf Addresses Class of '22


posted August 23, 2018

Cape Cod Healthcare President and CEO Michael Lauf, class of ’93, returned to Pitt-Johnstown as part of a New Student Orientation event.

Welcome Class of 2022

Mr. Lauf, a Johnstown native and graduate of Ferndale Area High School, shared his success story with the incoming class of about 750 and their parents at an afternoon Campus Welcome in the Sports Center on the first day of a three-day orientation.

He told the crowd: “Anything is possible, if you do it the right way.”

Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar presented Mr. Lauf with the President’s Medal of Distinctive Excellence.

“It’s the highest award that we give to persons of great distinction,” Spectar said. “He has achieved a high level of prominence in his field, and Mr. Lauf has distinguished himself as a humanitarian and philanthropist.” 

Dr. Spectar addressed the new students as well.

 “We want to show what’s possible with education,” Spectar said. “Mr. Lauf represents the very best, and even exceeded the expectations of what you can get with college. Convocation is about telling students and their parents what is possible and what are the benefit?

“It prepares you for success in the real world. Education is the way to the American dream.”

Mr. Lauf earned his BA at Pitt-Johnstown, an MBA from St. Francis University, and then held a variety of positions for Conemaugh Health System until 2006, including President and CEO of Miners Medical Center. From 1994 to 1999, he worked on the staff of U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, including a role as Director of Community and Economic Development.

This was among several Pitt-Johnstown orientation activities in welcoming the Class of 2022.

New students moved in Thursday and become acquainted with classmates and campus. Following the event, they said their farewells and began college life.


The University of Pittsburgh at 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.