Aaron Hurt

Aaron Hurt

Aaron Hurt

was named director of International Programs and Studies. Hurt has served in International Programs and Services since 2007 in many roles —

administrative specialist, admission coordinator, assistant director, and interim director — before being named director for International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admission.

Beyond the formal tasks of ensuring international students can study at PSU, Hurt and team work to make them feel safe and at home.

“Despite declining numbers of students choosing to study in the U.S., interest remains high,” said Hurt. “It’s our job to help students choose PSU and then to create an environment of support so they have a successful academic, social, and cultural experience on our campus and in the Pittsburg community.”

Both the Registrar and International Programs and Studies are part of the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success.

 

Melinda Roelfs

Melinda Roelfs

Melinda Roelfs

was named Interim Registrar on June 1. Longtime registrar Debbie Greve retired at the end of May. Roelfs served as director of the Office of Admission from 2006 to 2018, when she was named Assistant Registrar for Transcript Analysis. She has been a member of the PSU staff since 1997.

Roelfs is in a unique position, with experience across a student’s entire college journey.

“For many years, I helped students as they started their college experience,” said Roelfs. “Now I have this fantastic opportunity to lead a team that guides students on their path to graduation. It’s very gratifying in different ways.”

 

Howard Smith

Howard Smith

Howard Smith

began his new role as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1. Previously the associate vice president of Enrollment Management and Student Success, he follows Lynette Olson, who retired.

Smith holds a bachelor’s in education from PSU, a master’s in education from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate in educational administration from Kansas State University. Past positions at PSU include associate professor and professor of Leadership Studies, interim chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, chair of Special Services & Leadership Studies, executive director of the PSU-Kansas City Metro Outreach Center, assistant to the president and legislative liaison, and dean of the College of Education.

“Having the opportunity to continue at Pitt State in another role is extremely exciting as well as rewarding,” Smith said. “Whenever I’m around long-time friends and colleagues, they mention that it must really be fun to work at PSU, and they are right. When your dream is your work, you are truly blessed and that’s how I feel.” Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, will pay no more than 150 percent of the in-state resident tuition rate. Previously, that program was limited to certain majors at PSU; now, it will be across-the-board.

“These two expansions mean great news for future Gorillas,” Smith said.