Following a national search, Pittsburg State University named Dr. Paul W. Grimes dean of the Kelce College of Business. Grimes came to PSU from Mississippi State University, where he was the associate dean for Instruction and Operations for the College of Business.

“Dr. Grimes has a distinguished academic and administrative record and we believe he is very well suited to lead the Kelce College of Business at this important time in its history,” Provost Lynette Olson said. “His commitment to teaching, research and service is a good match to those same values that are part of the history and culture of the College of Business and the university.”

Grimes, who holds both a bachelor of science degree and a master’s degree in economics from PSU, said he was excited to return to his alma mater.

“I am thrilled to be coming home to Pittsburg State University. This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am pleased it came along when it did,” Grimes said.

Grimes said one of the things that he found attractive about returning to Pittsburg State was the university’s leadership.

“Pittsburg State has a very strong leadership team with a clear vision for the university’s future,” Grimes said. “I appreciate the confidence President Scott and Provost Olson have shown in me and I look forward to working with them to advance not only the Kelce College of Business, but the university as a whole.”

In addition to his two degrees from Pittsburg State University, Grimes also holds an A.A. degree from Fort Scott Community College and a Ph.D. in economics from Oklahoma State University.