April 23, 2010 12:00AM
When the Kansas Board of Regents prepared to leave the campus at the end of their biannual visit, Chairperson Jill Docking told PSU President Steve Scott that Pittsburg State was "a gem, an absolute gem."
Those words of praise capped a successful visit by the board that governs PSU and the other six universities in the state.
"We do a good job of keeping the regents informed about the many great things that are going on here," Scott said, "but there is no substitute for them meeting our students and faculty face-to-face. Visiting the campus is the only way for the regents to feel the energy of this place."
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents visited Pittsburg State on Friday, April 16. They met with students, faculty and staff and got a first-hand look at some of the university's programs. The regents began their day with breakfast at the Kansas Technology Center, where they heard from a team of construction management students about their successful competition at the International Builders Show in January and learned about other programs in the College of Technology.
The regents toured the campus and visited the new Bryant Student Health Center where they had presentations from the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success and from Fort Scott Community College about its cooperative programs with PSU.
In the afternoon, the regents met with constituent groups, including classified staff, unclassified staff, students and faculty.
The Kansas Board of Regents is a nine-member board that governs the six universities and coordinates the state's 19 community colleges, five technical colleges, five technical schools and a municipal university.