It’s been more than 20 years since Norm Conard was a student at PSU, but the memories of his time as a Gorilla remain vivid and inspiring.

Norm Conard

“Being at Pitt State was a tremendously wonderful  experience,” Conard, who in 1992 received a master’s degree in history from PSU, said. “I greatly enjoyed the focus on the positive, the outstanding faculty and all who were involved in the university.”

Conard was named the 2012 Kansan of the Year by the Topeka Capital-Journal. Since 2007, he has served as the director of the Lowell Milken Center in Fort Scott, which focuses on project-based learning and gives students across the country opportunities to work with hands-on history projects.

The Kansan of the Year award is the latest in a long list of accolades for Conard, which includes Teacher of the Year, National Secondary Social Studies Outstanding Teacher and USAToday All-American teacher.

In 1998, he received a Meritorious Achievement Award from PSU.