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Stewart retires; Haverstic named interim director

Paul Stewart, director of planning, design and construction, retires on March 31 looking back at a time like no other in the university's history. Lindell Haverstic, who has worked in the office since 2007, has been named interim director.

When Paul Stewart, director of planning, design and construction at Pittsburg State University completes his last day at PSU on March 31, he can look back at a time like none other in the university’s history. Since Stewart arrived at PSU in 2005, the university has added, remodeled and restored buildings at a rate that outpaces anything seen previously in PSU’s long history.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have been a member of the university family and part of PSU’s amazing growth,” Stewart said. “Pittsburg State has made unbelievable progress in recent years and that’s because of leadership with vision, coupled with unparalleled community and alumni support.”

PSU President Steve Scott said Stewart’s work will have a lasting positive impact on the campus and the students it serves.

“There have been times when we’ve had multiple multi-million-dollar projects underway simultaneously, but Paul and his team managed it all quite well,” Scott said. “The Bicknell Center, the Plaster Center, the Bryant Student Health Center, the Student Recreation Center, the Overman Student Center, the Crossland House, renovated student housing and many more projects have all occurred under Paul’s watch. These projects will have a lasting impact on students, the university and the community and Paul should be proud of the role he has played in making Pittsburg State the place it is today.”

Lindell Haverstic has been working alongside Stewart since 2007. This week, Doug Ball, chief financial officer and vice president for administration at PSU, announced Haverstic’s appointment as interim director of planning, design and construction.

“Lindell’s experience in the Planning, Design, and Construction Department at Pitt State, his leadership as chair of Pittsburg State’s Design Review Committee, and his broad professional experience have uniquely prepared him to take on this critical leadership role for the university,” Ball said.

Ball, who has just recently assumed his duties at PSU, said he was pleased Haverstic was so well prepared to step into this critical leadership role.

Haverstic said he is honored to represent the office and looks forward to the additional opportunities to serve the campus community.

Haverstic is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Grinnell College and holds a master’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech, where he served as a graduate assistant and clerked in the Office of the University Architect. Prior to coming to PSU, he worked for the firms of NSPJ in Mission, Kan., and Adams&associates in Nevada, Mo., before opening a private practice based in his hometown of Moundville, Mo.

Haverstic is NCARB certified, a registered architect in both Kansas and Missouri, and currently serves as an advisory council member and technical adviser for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

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