COLLEGE CLOSE-UP Smith named College of Education dean Dr. Howard W. Smith began his new duties as dean of the College of Education on June 1. Smith was selected to fill the post being vacated by Dr. Dr. Howrd W. Smith Andy Tompkins, who was tapped earlier in the year to be the new CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents. “During his interview process, Dr. Smith received great support from faculty, staff, and administrators,” Provost Lynette Olson said. “We are fortunate to have someone with his breadth of experience at various levels of education and administration to provide leadership for the college at this point in time.” “I’m excited to continue my relationship with the faculty and staff in the College of Education,” Smith said. “Pittsburg State University is a great place to work and a great place to be and I’m looking forward to the work that lies ahead.” Smith received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from PSU, his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in educational administration from Kansas State University. He first joined the Pitt State faculty in 1996. Smith began his career in education in 1975 as an elementary school teacher in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Over the years, he was 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. At PSU, Smith has served in a variety
of roles, including professor, chairman of the Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies, director of the Kansas City Metro Center, and legislative liaison and assistant to the president.
Family’s generosity provides scholarships for future teachers A family of former teachers has created a scholarship for education majors that will make a big impact on students for many years to come. Felix Shular (’39) of Arcadia, and his sisters Mary Shular Logan (’41) of Wichita and Rose Shular Campbell (’42) of Pittsburg recently established the Shular Family Scholarship, which is making an immediate impact by
EDUCATION providing financial assistance to 20 students this spring and fall. The family also endowed a portion of their contribution to provide scholarships well into the future. The children of immigrants John and Mary Shular, Felix, Mary and Rose, as well as their late brother John (’41), were determined to get great educations. They found success at PSU. Graduating with a variety of degrees, the four all pursued careers in teaching and together accrued more than 100 years in education. Now in their 90s, (Felix died in May) the Shular siblings are pleased to see their scholarship fund making a big difference in the lives of students. For more information on giving to PSU, contact the Office of University Development at 620-235-4768.
New graduates take Teacher’s Oath Christa Kimzey is all smiles after taking the Teacher’s Oath with her fellow graduates at the College of Education recognition ceremony for newly minted teachers in May. Brett Potts, BS ’90, welcomed the class of 2010 into the profession. Potts, an assistant principal at Blue Valley High School, is a former Kansas Teacher of the Year.
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Published on Jul 14, 2011