Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott has announced the selection of Dr. Lynette Olson as provost and vice president of academic affairs following a national search. Olson has served in that role as an interim since July of 2009. The provost and vice president for academic affairs is the chief academic officer at the university.
"The selection of the provost is one of the most important decisions in the life of a university," Scott said. "The national search that Pittsburg State University has just concluded confirmed that Dr. Olson is the right choice for this pivotal role at PSU. In addition to coming through a demanding search process, Dr. Olson has demonstrated over the past year her ability to work well with the faculty and campus leadership. Her commitment to learning, to this university and its students is evident."
"I am pleased to serve as the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at Pittsburg State University and look forward to working with faculty, staff and administration in moving Pittsburg State forward," Olson said. "Pittsburg State has much to be proud of and I believe we will continue to be competitive through well-established programs and as we pursue new directions and initiatives."
Olson received a bachelor's degree in Christian education from Ozark Christian College, a master's degree in student personnel and guidance - higher education from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in family life education and consultation from Kansas State University.
Olson began her educational career as a professor of family life and counseling at Manhattan (Kan.) Christian College. She joined the faculty at South Dakota State University as an associate professor in the Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Home Economics in 1988. In 1996, Olson came to PSU as a professor and chairperson of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. In 2001, she was named dean of the PSU College of Arts and Sciences. Since 2009, she has served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs.
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