Reception Held in Honor of Ron Vickroy

Pitt-Johnstown

posted February 23, 2017


Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar speaks about retired professor Ron Vickroy. Photo by Clyde Williams

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Pitt-Johnstown held a private reception February 22, 2017, to honor Ron Vickroy, a former Pitt-Johnstown business professor who retired in 2012 after a 27-year career.

The event took place prior to the Globally Impactful Speakers and Talks (GIST) event at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center.

“He’s a great professor who’s touched the lives of many students, who’s transformed the university by his service,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar. “We wanted to celebrate him and to show him our appreciation and gratitude and love for his years of distinguished service. He makes us very proud.”

The school has started a crowd-funded scholarship in Vickroy’s name. Many Pitt-Johnstown students and alumni that he taught over the years have contributed, according to Tammy Barbin, the university’s executive director of community and public relations.

Donations are still being accepted.

Anyone interested in contributing to the scholarship fund may also contact the Pitt-Johnstown Office of Institutional Advancement at 814-269-2080.

Dr. McGrath

Associate Professor John McGrath talks about his colleague, Ron Vickroy.
Photo by Clyde Williams


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.