James F. Gyure, senior assistant to the president for enrollment management and director of Admissions at Pitt-Johnstown, has been promoted to vice president for enrollment services and planning.
Bernard J. Sarneso, assistant director of Admissions, was promoted to the position of director, and Judith A. McGuirk, admissions counselor, has been promoted to assistant director of Admissions.
In his new position, Gyure will continue to oversee the offices of Admissions, Adult and Continuing Education, Financial Aid, Marketing and Registrar, as well as related enrollment and student success initiatives. In addition, he will oversee a broad range of planning and assessment initiatives aimed at implementing the campus’s “New Dimension of Excellence” strategic plan and enhancing institutional effectiveness.
A member of the UPJ community for more than three decades, Gyure has extensive experience in recruiting, admissions, financial aid and marketing, and a knowledge of contemporary approaches to strategic planning.
As the director of Admissions, Sarneso will develop, implement and execute recruitment and admission strategies that help fulfill Pitt-Johnstown’s enrollment objectives; direct the development of recruiting materials that promote Pitt-Johnstown, and help establish strategies for communicating with prospective and admitted students using contemporary technologies.
During his career at Pitt-Johnstown, Sarneso has been involved in the design and implementation of the introduction to the collegiate experience program, and served as the coordinator of the Freshman Network. Sarneso also contributed to the design and implementation of Pitt-Johnstown’s first freshman integration course, The College.
In McGuirk’s new role, she will be responsible for coordinating on-campus reception programs for prospective students and developing an alumni recruiting network. She will continue to lead the student tour guide program, develop admissions recruitment campaigns and counsel prospective students and their families.
President Spectar also announced three administrative appointments in the area of Finance and Administration, including the appointment of Kelly Austin as interim vice president for Finance and Administration. Christian J. Stumpf has been appointed associate vice president for Finance and Administration and Joyce A. Radovanic has been appointed director of Conference Services and Special Projects.
Austin has served in various positions in UPJ’s Student Affairs, most recently as acting vice president. He previously worked as a senior labor analyst for Continental Airlines and held financial industry positions with Norwest Financial and Toyota.
Stumpf most recently worked as assistant vice president for Auxiliary Services.
This year he received the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors International’s Jack Thornton Distinguished Service Award.
Radovanic, whose 26-year career at Pitt-Johnstown includes positions in the Business Office, Registrar’s office, Education Division and President’s office, most recently worked as executive assistant to the president and director of Special Projects.
Spectar also announced that Elisabeth Bell-Loncella, associate professor of chemistry, has been named director of the Faculty Resource Center.
In her new role, Bell-Loncella will lead Pitt-Johnstown’s efforts to facilitate and support faculty professional development in areas of teaching, including the use of instructional technology and effective assessment practices. She will be responsible for assisting faculty in attaining and refining teaching effectiveness by sharing, discussing and exploring best practices; promoting, strengthening and institutionalizing effective practices for the assessment of learning outcomes; serving as a resource for best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and promoting initiatives that foster faculty renewal and recognition.
In addition, she will participate in orientation and mentorship of new faculty in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Bell-Loncella joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 1991 as an assistant professor of chemistry and was promoted to associate professor in 1997.
She is a recipient of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and has conducted research and presented on the subject of pedagogy, including the use of technology in the classroom, computation and writing across the chemistry curriculum and chemistry for non-science majors.
Spectar also announced three administrative appointments in Student Affairs, including the appointment of Jonathan Wescott, director of Housing and Residence Life, as interim vice president for Student Affairs. Additionally, Mark R. Dougherty, associate director of Housing and Residence Life, has been appointed director of Housing and Residential Living-Learning Communities, and Sherri L. Rae, area coordinator in Housing and Residence Life, has been named assistant director of student activities and intercultural affairs.
Prior to his employment at Pitt-Johnstown, Wescott served as director of Housing and Residence Life at Lebanon Valley College and assistant director of Residence Life at the University of Maryland.
Dougherty came to Pitt-Johnstown from Gardner-Webb University where he served in a number of administrative capacities, including assistant director of residence life, interim director of residence life, coordinator of judicial affairs and area director.
Rae had been working at UPJ as an area coordinator and has been a member of the University Scholarship instructional staff. She has coordinated the annual Worlds of UPJ Diversity Fair, and has been involved in judicial activities and on-call crisis response.
Prior to coming to Pitt-Johnstown, Rae served as director of peer education and as resident director at Defiance College.
via University Times