April 06, 2017 1:45PM
The Office of University Development, the main fundraising department for Pittsburg State University, added three new directors this semester.
Katie George is the new director of development for the College of Technology, Kati Karleskint is the new director of annual giving, and Mary Jo Meier is the new director of development for the College of Arts & Sciences
Becky May, interim executive director for University Development, said all three bring unique skills to their positions.
“Our new directors bring new perspectives and energy not only to University Development but to our campus,” May said. “We're very excited to have them as part of our team and look forward to introducing them to our many alumni and constituents.”
George, a native of Prescott, graduated from Pitt State in 2015 with a bachelor of science degree in technology with a major in graphic communication. She also minored in marketing. Prior to joining the PSU Development team, George served as the integrated marketing manager at Boelte-Hall in Roeland Park.
“I am excited to be back in the Jungle,” George said. “It is different returning as an employee, but I am honored and excited to be able to help give back to the university that gave me so much as a student. I'm excited to be able to help give back to PSU to ensure more students have an amazing experience here, as well.
“Since accepting this position, I have had many people reach out to welcome me back home,” George said. “I think that speaks volumes about the character of this community and of our Gorilla family. I am happy to be back home.”
Karleskint is a Fort Scott native who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in human resource development, both from Pittsburg State. She previously served as PSU's assistant director of annual giving.
"It's such a thrill to work at my alma mater and to help in its advancement," Karleskint said. "I love Pitt State, and I'm excited and grateful for this challenge."
Meier is an Independence native who most recently served as the campus event coordinator for Independence Community College. She holds a bachelor of science degree in sociology from Southern Methodist University, where she also earned a graduate marketing certificate. In May 2016, Meier earned a master of science degree in educational leadership from Pittsburg State University.
“It is such an exciting time in the history of Pittsburg State University,” Meier said. “It’s a time of growth and expansion and innovation. I love being a part of the PSU family, and I look forward to helping the university continue its tremendous momentum.”
Mary Jo Meier