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December 5, 2013

Pitt-Johnstown president lauded by Cambria County commissioners

EBENSBURG — The Cambria County commissioners on Thursday commended Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar for completion of the university’s six-year strategic plan.

Completion of the university’s  $12 million, 26,000-foot Nursing and Health Sciences Building in September and its $10 million, 40,000-foot Wellness Center were some of the final transformations for which Spectar and the Pitt-Johnstown administration were lauded.

Since the strategic plan began taking shape, the university has added 12 programs including nursing, justice administration, special education and management information systems. About $40 million has gone toward renovating one-third of the campus, including updates to residence halls, student centers and the Sports Center.

The commissioners presented Spectar with a framed proclamation recognizing the university’s contribution to the economic and cultural sphere of the region.

“I want to express my gratitude to the commissioners for this very important recognition of our efforts to be a good partner, a good citizen – and that’s what we are,” Spectar said during his short acceptance speech. “We take pride in the fact that we have contributed to the economic and social development of our region. We are especially grateful for the support we have received.”

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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