Dr. Spectar Receives Adult Freedom Award

Pitt-Johnstown

posted November 02, 2017


Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar received the 2017 Adult Freedom Award from the Johnstown chapter of the NAACP.

Alan G. Cashaw, Sr., President of the NAACP's Johnstown Branch, presented Dr. Spectar with the award during a campus visit, November 2, 2017.

Adult Freedom Award

Johnstown NAACP Branch President Alan G. Cashaw, Sr. (left), presents Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar with the 2017 Adult Freedom Award


Dr. Spectar: 10-Year Commemorative Video

Dr. Spectar is in his 10th year as Pitt-Johnstown’s president.

He has added numerous new majors, three new schools (Nursing and Health Science, Business and Enterprise, and Engineering), the addition of significant buildings and campus enhancement, and a theory of Real World readiness in which students are encouraged to get ready, get involved, make a difference, change your world.

Dr. Spectar’s commitment to Real World action provides students with a solid foundation for career and professional success.

His visionary, energetic, and creative leadership has elevated the stature of the institution and will have an impact on the future with the CODE for the COMMONWEALTH program, which makes available the learning of computer coding to the region’s K-12 students.

The Johnstown NAACP is marking its 100th year in Johnstown. It is the city’s oldest grassroots-based civil rights organization. The award for Dr. Spectar was announced during the organization's October 14, 2017, event.

Keynote speaker Sandra E. Timmons, president of A Better Chance, an organization that focuses on increased access to academically rigorous secondary schools for young people of color, is a Johnstown native and graduate of Pitt-Johnstown. She encouraged the audience to use a collective voice for positive change, take active roles in the community and support local organizations striving for unity.


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.