Dr. Howard W. Smith began his new duties as dean of the College of Education on June 1. Smith was selected to fill the post being vacated by Dr. Andy Tompkins, who was tapped earlier in the year to be the new CEO of the Kansas Board of Regents.
“During his interview process, Dr. Smith received great support from faculty, staff, and administrators,” Provost Lynette Olson said. “We are fortunate to have someone with his breadth of experience at various levels of education and administration to provide leadership for the college at this point in time.”
“I’m excited to continue my relationship with the faculty and staff in the College of Education,” Smith said. “Pittsburg State University is a great place to work and a great place to be and I’m looking forward to the work that lies ahead.”
Smith received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from PSU, his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. in educational administration from Kansas State University. He first joined the Pitt State faculty in 1996.
Smith began his career in education in 1975 as an elementary school teacher in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Over the years, he was a middle school teacher, elementary school principal, middle school principal, executive director of middle schools and superintendent of schools. He served Kansas school districts in Shawnee Mission, Overland Park and Coffeyville, as well as districts in Amarillo, Texas, and Bentonville, Ark.
At PSU, Smith has served in a variety of roles, including professor, chairman of the Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies, director of the Kansas City Metro Center, and legislative liaison and assistant to the president.