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Provost Lynette Olson, who also serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs, will retire in June 2019.

She has served in that capacity since March 2010, after serving as Interim Provost for a year when former Academic Affairs Vice President Steve Scott was named the ninth president. “It represents a significant milestone for PSU and in Dr. Olson’s professional career,” said Scott, who praised her for tireless efforts to lead planning initiatives, including a recent three-year process to transform General Education curriculum requirements. Olson was recognized with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Kansas State University and the Leader Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; and many local, state, and regional awards. She has held leadership roles in many professional organizations. She came to Pittsburg State in 1996 as professor and chair of the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, then served as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

“I am grateful to all those who have supported me, provided counsel, and even nudged me on occasion,” she said. “Pittsburg State will always have a special place in my heart with many wonderful memories as I move into the next exciting phase of my life.”

A successor will be announced this spring.