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April 11, 1996

Johnstown's Student Affairs vp to retire

Lowell Shaffer, vice president for Student Affairs at Pitt's Johnstown campus (UPJ), will retire on Aug. 31.

Shaffer came to UPJ in 1968 as a history instructor and director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

In 1970, Shaffer was named dean of Student Affairs, a position he held until he was named vice president of Student Affairs in 1994.

Before joining the Johnstown campus faculty, Shaffer was a history teacher and principal in Conemaugh Township High School in Cambria County.

He obtained Bachelor of Arts degrees in history and English, and a Ph.D. in history from Pitt, and a Master's of Arts in history from Carnegie Mellon University.

"The UPJ community is sad to see Dr. Shaffer retire from his post," said UPJ President Albert Etheridge. "He has provided much leadership to the college over the many years he has served here." During his tenure at UPJ, Shaffer received several awards, including the Delta Sigma Chi Roy D. Johns Award and the Advocate student newspaper's "Ear-to-the-Ground" award.

Recently, Robert Maddalon, a 1973 graduate of UPJ, established the Lowell D. Shaffer Student-Athlete Award, an annual award given to students active in UPJ's athletic programs who have excelled academically.

A search committee will be appointed to fill the position of vice president for Student Affairs.

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