In addition to getting a new interim president this summer, Pitt–Bradford is starting the year without six longtime faculty and staff members, who all retired over the summer.
Larry Feick took over as interim president for the Bradford and Titusville campuses after the retirement of Livingston Alexander at the end of June after 15 years in the position.
History professor Richard Frederick retired Aug. 31 with the third longest tenure of any Pitt-Bradford faculty member. Frederick started at UPB in 1979, just after sociology professor Michael Klausner, who came to Bradford in 1976. Fellow history professor Marvin Thomas has been at the school for 49 years.
Frederick’s American history classes have included everything from the original colonies to the Vietnam War and the John F. Kennedy assassination.
Adam Cilli, whose Ph.D. is from the University of Maine, has joined UPB as an assistant professor of history.
Holly Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and director of career services, retired Aug. 1 after 37 years at UPB. She was the co-founder of the first honor society on campus, Alpha Lambda Delta for freshmen; was the co-founder of the Empty Bowls and Baskets dinner to support the Friendship Table; and was instrumental in establishing activities for Women’s History Month on campus.
Fiorentino, an associate professor of nursing, has taught at Pitt-Bradford since 1985. She started the radiological science program and served as director of the nursing program for many years. In 2013, she became the director of the Center for Rural Health Practice, which also is associated with Pitt’s other campuses and the UPMC Health System.
“She is one of our best teachers and researchers and has led the nursing program through several successful accreditations — something that must be planned for years in advance,” Mary Mulcahy, former chair of the Division of Biological and Health Sciences, said in a news release.
She retired earlier this summer, but she plans to continue teaching in an emeritus status. Alumnus Benjamin Bickford also will serve as visiting instructor of nursing this year.
K. James Evans
Evans, who served as vice president and dean of student affairs, retired Aug. 1 after 42 years of service with the University. He had been dean of student affairs since 1976, shepherding UPB through its transformation into a four-year college in 1979 and its move into NCAA Division III athletics in the 1990s.
He will receive the Teaching Excellence Award from the the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Alumni Association during its Alumni and Family Weekend Sept. 28 to 30. He will be recognized at the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons.
Evans and Fiorentino are married and traveled around the world as part of the Semester at Sea.
Scott Kane was named earlier this year as the new vice president and dean of student affairs. He started on July 30 and will lead the search for a new career services person.
A professor of Spanish, Evans-Corrales, who retired earlier this summer, has been teaching at Pitt-Bradford for 25 years.
She became chair of the humanities department in 2000 and the first full professor in the Division of Communications and the Arts in 2007.
Max Jensen will fill in as a visiting assistant professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State.
In addition to working as a professor of public relations, Ziaukas, who retired earlier this summer, served as the marketing director for the Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center for 20 years.
Since coming to UPB 24 years ago, he has taught 17 different courses. Ziaukas has moved to the Pittsburgh area and will be teaching some at the Oakland campus of Pitt.
Peta Leitermann-Long, who is working on her Ph.D. at Syracuse University, will serve as a visiting assistant professor of public relations.
Also joining Pitt–Bradford as a full-time faculty member is Uche Ekhator as assistant professor of economics. Ekhator earned her Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University.