In January, Provost Lynette Olson announced the appointment of Mary Carol Pomatto, director of PSU’s Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, as interim dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences. Karl Kunkel, who has served as dean of the college since 2011, has accepted a position as provost at Southeast Missouri State University.

Mary Carol Pomatto

Mary Carol Pomatto

“I am very pleased that Dr. Pomatto so willingly agreed to provide leadership for the College of Arts and Sciences during the next 18 months as we search for the next dean of the college,” Olson said. “Pittsburg State University is fortunate to have the depth of leadership that allows this shift of responsibilities while not putting our exceptional Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing in jeopardy. Interim leadership for the IRB School of Nursing will be announced before long.”
Pomatto said she is honored to represent the College of Arts and Sciences and the university as a whole during the interim period.
“The college has a strong history of excellence in each of its academic programs,” Pomatto said. “I look forward to working more closely with all of the highly qualified, caring, dedicated faculty, department chairs and staff of the college as we continue to meet student needs, engage in research and scholarship and partner to serve our broader communities.”
Olson said foundational work for the search for the next College of Arts and Sciences dean will begin this spring with the appointment of a committee. The position will be advertised during the late summer and early fall of 2016, anticipating an appointment by the end of the 2017 academic year.