Watch Dr. Jem Spectar's 2021 Commencement Address
Dr. Jem Spectar has served as the President of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown since July 2007.
Dr. Jem Spectar is the President of the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, a position he has held since 2007. During Spectar’s presidency, Pitt-Johnstown has launched three new schools in nursing, business and engineering which have elevated the stature, profile, and impact of the institution. Under his leadership, the university is undertaking several collaborative endeavors with community partners.
Previously, Dr. Spectar was Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor at Western Oregon University, Associate Provost and Professor at the University of Scranton, Director of Studies and Lecturer at Princeton University, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Law at the University of La Verne. Spectar has taught several law school and undergraduate courses, including constitutional law, international law, and jurisprudence.
Dr. Spectar is the author of the book Movement + Music = Medicine, which investigates how people are using dance to fight Alzheimer's, dementia, and Parkinson's Disease. He has also published scholarly articles on international legal issues and penned op-eds in papers such as the Washington Post and the Times Higher Education. Spectar has been a featured guest speaker/panelist in several news shows on wide-ranging topics of interest.
Jem Spectar’s formal education includes a Ph.D. and M.A., Claremont Graduate University; J.D., University of Maryland; M.A., George Washington University; M.B.A., Frostburg State University; and B.A., University of La Verne, CA. He is passionate about the arts, especially dance, and enjoys golf and gardening.
Initiatives & Programs
- State of the University
- Awards for Excellence
- Outilier.org Partnership
- Equity and Inclusion
- Embrace and Enjoy Your World
- Program for Real World Action
- Pitt-Johnstown Magazine
- Strategic Plan 2021 - 2027
- Strategic Plan 2014-2021
- The Heroes Memorial
- MountainCat Veterans Program
- Distinctive Excellence @ Pitt-Johnstown
- CODE for Commonwealth and Country
Dr. Spectar’s article published in the Washington Post has led to several discussions with policymakers and media regarding rural access to broadband. He is the author of the new book Movement + Music = Medicine: Fight Alzheimer's, Dementia & Parkinson's. Passionate about the arts, he has developed and curated an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures, and artifacts from around the world.
- Times Higher Education: Biden’s next big deal must include expanded broadband access
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Other Voices: Alzheimer's Emergency
- Yahoo! Finance: We’ve taken diligent efforts to protect our students’: University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown President
- Ad Age: Higher ed gets a lesson on marketing during the pandemic
- Times Higher Education: Good moves: exercise can help tackle the mental health crisis
- Tribune-Democrat: Chip Minemyer | Pitt-Johnstown president illuminates ties between dance, brain health
- NPR: Could Investment In Digital Infrastructure Help Close The Rural-Urban Divide?
- KDKA Sunday Business Page: Digital Infrastructure Closing the Rural-Urban Divide
- The Washington Post: Want to close America’s rural-urban divide? Digital infrastructure is the key
- Tribune-Democrat: Higher-ed sector matches job trends and serves as 'catalyst'
- Tribune-Democrat: In defense of Johnstown and a rebuttal of the Politico article
January 24, 2022
President Spectar and Pitt-Johnstown Cheerleaders
SPARKS Mentoring Exhibition and Dinner
Seated: President Spectar, Christine Holley
Standing: Patrick McAndrew, Christian Thornton, Dr. Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Dr. Ola Johansson, and Dr. Manisha Nigam