November 11, 2016 2:00PM
Last July, Howard W. Smith left his post as dean of Pittsburg State University’s College of Education to serve the university in an interim role as associate vice president for enrollment management and student success. This week, PSU Provost Lynette Olson announced that Smith has been selected to continue in this role permanently.
“Over the past several months, Dr. Smith has demonstrated strong and energetic leadership in mobilizing the entire campus around issues of recruitment as well as retention of students,” Olson said. “Though I know the College of Education faculty and staff will miss his direct leadership, they have assured me that they recognize his ability to contribute to the broader university in this important leadership role. I am pleased and excited to continue working with Dr. Smith as associate vice president for enrollment management and student success.”
Smith said he is excited about the opportunity to continue in his current role.
“No doubt we have some challenges ahead of us,” Smith said, “but I believe our division can and will meet them head on. I’ve been extremely fortunate at Pittsburg State to have served in several roles, working with outstanding individuals each step of the way. I see this as a continuation of this blessing.”
The Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success oversees a variety of programs and services that begin with recruiting students to Pittsburg State but also focus on ensuring their success throughout their college careers through advocacy, enrichment and support. Those units include the Office of Admission, the Office of the Registrar, International Programs and Services, Student Diversity, Student Financial Assistance, Transfer and Articulation, Student Success Programs and the Exploratory Studies Program.
Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from PSU, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Kansas State University.
He began his career in education in 1975 as an elementary school teacher in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Over the years, he has worked as a middle school teacher, elementary school principal, middle school principal, executive director of middle schools and superintendent of schools. He served Kansas school districts in Shawnee Mission, Overland Park and Coffeyville, as well as districts in Amarillo, Texas, and Bentonville, Ark.
Smith joined the PSU faculty in 1993. At PSU, he has served in a variety of roles, including professor, chairman of both the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies, director of the Kansas City Metro Center and legislative liaison and assistant to the president. He was named dean of the College of Education in 2010.
Olson said the job of finding a new dean for the College of Education will begin immediately.
“A national search for the next dean of the College of Education will begin immediately,” Olson said. “Deans play a pivotal administrative role in working with administrators, faculty and staff to assure transformational experiences for our students and community. Dr. Jan Smith will continue to serve as interim dean of the College of Education until the search is complete.”