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Memorial Service Planned for Late Trustee

David Johnson

The university suffered a great loss on February 23 with the passing of Trustee David Johnson. 

Mr. Johnson served on the Council of Trustees for three decades and was principal to the progress made by this university during the past thirty years.

During my time as president, I have personally appreciated his friendship and support, wise counsel, and gentle spirit. Mr. Johnson was recognized for his commitment to this university as both a philanthropist and trustee with the State System of Higher Education Eberly Award for Philanthropy and Volunteerism and for his distinguished career and service with the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award.

He was vice president and corporate secretary of Pennsylvania Manufacturers Corporation in Philadelphia, retiring in July 1992 after thirty-eight years of service. He was a retired member of the Board of Directors of First Commonwealth Financial Corporation and the NBOC Bank of Indiana. Mr. Johnson also served as liaison to the Office of Public Policy of the Association of Governing Boards. 

Mr. Johnson was instrumental in creating IUP’s Safety Sciences Department in 1971, including securing funding for the program. It is a testament to Mr. Johnson’s foresight and continued oversight of the program that the IUP Safety Sciences Department is one of only twelve accredited undergraduate programs in the nation, with more than two hundred undergraduate and seventy-five graduate majors.

I am most pleased to report that a doctoral program in Safety Sciences was approved by the IUP Council of Trustees at its March meeting, with the expectation that the program will be launched during the next academic year.
We are planning a special memorial tribute on April 30. The time and location will be announced at a later date.

—President Tony Atwater