October 26, 2016 3:30PM
Pittsburg State University Provost Lynette Olson has announced the appointment of Mary Carol Pomatto as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Pomatto has served as interim dean of the college since mid January. Previously, she was director of PSU’s Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing.
“In her service as interim dean, Dr. Pomatto has represented the entire college equitably, addressing many complex issues in a timely and professional manner, and has made a positive contribution to Provost’s Leadership Council,” Olson said. “After consulting with College of Arts and Sciences leaders, who without exception affirmed Dr. Pomatto’s positive and steady leadership over the past months, it is evident to me that we could not ask for nor find a stronger leader for the college. “
“I’m honored to serve the university in this capacity,” Pomatto said. “My experience as interim dean over the past nine months has confirmed for me something I already knew. The Arts and Sciences faculty and staff are highly skilled individuals who are incredibly dedicated to our students and our university. Our students, with the faculty’s support, are accomplishing great things and laying the foundation for careers that will help change the world.
“It is an exciting time to lead the College of Arts and Sciences.”
Pomatto graduated from PSU’s nursing program in 1974 and received her master's degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University in 1978. She earned an education specialist degree from PSU in 1983 and a doctorate in education with an emphasis on human resources development and adult and continuing education from Oklahoma State University in 1992.
Pomatto was named chair of the Nursing Department in 2005. In addition to serving as chair and a member of the Nursing Department faculty, Pomatto served as the university’s liaison to the Kansas Legislature for nine years.
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at PSU, with 12 departments, three interdisciplinary units, and more than 50 degree programs.