At its May 2016 meeting, the IUP Council of Trustees voted to honor
the memory of a cofounder of the Department of Computer Science and
recognize philanthropic gifts for scholarship support by naming the
cybersecurity lab for James H. Maple.
The late Maple, who joined the university’s Mathematics
Department in 1964 and cofounded the Computer Science Department in 1971,
retired from teaching in 1994.
His son, James E. Maple ’86, and the Maple Family Foundation
established a scholarship in his memory in 2011 and have committed to continue
to support scholarships for students.
IUP’s Computer Science Department is designated by the National
Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information
Assurance Education, and the department’s cybersecurity lab is a key component
of that designation.
“The Computer Science Department’s success is directly tied to
Professor Maple’s vision, and his family’s decision to invest in scholarships
for students who also benefit from that vision is something to celebrate,” said
Bill Speidel, vice president for University Advancement. “We are most grateful
to Jim Maple and the family for creating wonderful opportunities for our
In photo: James H. Maple, courtesy of IUP Magazine, Fall-Winter, 1990 edition