Alumnus Ragan to Speak at GIST Event


posted March 13, 2018

Rich Ragan, Pitt-Johnstown class of ’78, will be keynote speaker at the Global Impact Speakers and Talks series, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7 p.m., at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the Pitt-Johnstown campus.

The GIST series is sponsored by the Pitt-Johnstown Division of Business and Entreprise.

Guest speaker is Andrew Maraniss.

Rich RaganMr. Ragan is Executive Director of Global Facilities, Safety and Security for American Axle and Manufacturing, AAM, an $8 billion global manufacturer of automotive and SUV axles and driveline components. 

Throughout his professional career, Mr. Ragan has held many prestigious titles, leading companies in Michigan including AVL North America, Arcadis Giffels, MACTEC, and Instron.

He served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager and Owner/Partner of Midddough, Inc., an architecture and engineering company in Cleveland, Ohio, where he led the development/implementation of a project management operating system that won the Harold Kerzner Award from the Project Management Institute which recognized him for his dedication to the field of engineering project management. 

Prior to that, Mr. Ragan had a stellar basketball career and is a member of the Pitt-Johnstown Athletics Hall of Fame. This past year, his work in philanthropy enabled the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center court to be resurfaced. The court is now named the Rich Ragan Family Court.  

Mr. Maraniss is the Innovator in Residence at the Wond’ry for the 2017-18 academic year. In this capacity, Andrew serves as an ambassador for the Wond’ry both on and off campus, building partnerships with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community leaders from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

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.