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Dr. Jem Spectar became the fifth president of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown on July 1, 2007. In announcing Dr. Spectar's appointment, Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg offered, "Provost Maher and I look forward to working with Dr. Spectar and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown community to ensure the continuing success of the campus under his capable leadership. Jem Spectar is a visionary leader and celebrated teacher. He has the skills and experience necessary to build effectively upon the strengths of our Johnstown campus and to enrich the lives of students, faculty, staff, and administrators."Dr. Spectar has been provost at Western Oregon University; associate provost of academic affairs at the University of Scranton; director of studies at Princeton University; and assistant dean of students at the University of La Verne."As a senior administrator at several institutions of higher education, Dr. Spectar has established a leadership style marked by an emphasis on consultation, collaboration, and transparency," said Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor James V. Maher. "His outstanding academic and administrative leadership, as well as his capacity for fund raising, friend-making, and fostering positive community relations make him the ideal president for our Johnstown campus."