In early April, a couple of months before retiring as president of Pittsburg State University, Dr. Tom Bryant told a gathering of students that he hoped to serve the college in some capacity for at least one more year.

In early April, a couple of months before retiring as president of Pittsburg State University, Dr. Tom Bryant told a gathering of students that he hoped to serve the college in some capacity for at least one more year.
"I want to spend another year at Pitt State," he said during the annual President Question and Answer session. "I'm not sure what role I would play, or where I would be, but it would help me complete 40 years here."
According to a recent memo from the Kansas Board of Regents, Bryant now knows how he'll spend his 40th year at PSU.
After completing a one-year sabbatical on June 30, 2010 — the first of his PSU career — Bryant will rejoin the university faculty as a professor in the College of Education. He will teach and lecture within the COE, advise students, undertake writing projects and assist with private funding, according to the Regents memo. His professorship will be a 0.5 appointment and will be part of his phased retirement.
"During this sabbatical, what I'll primarily be doing is trying to prepare myself, after all these years, to go on to phased retirement next year," Bryant said. "I'm certainly going to have to prepare myself, because I haven't been in the classroom for quite a while."
As terms of his compensation package for the current fiscal year, according to the memo, Bryant is receiving a $202,593 salary — the same as his 2009 salary — and reimbursement for costs of moving into a new office and residence. The university also is providing office space and equipment, two seats in the University Skybox or the Alumni Box at PSU athletic events and two tickets to other university events for a two-year period.
Bryant, who announced his retirement as president last August, joined the PSU family in 1970 as an associate professor of health, physical education and recreation. He was named chairman of that department in 1985. In 1992, he was named acting dean of the College of Education and in 1993, he was named dean. From July 1, 1998, until May 31, 1999, Bryant served as interim executive director for the Kansas Board of Regents.
He stepped in as interim president in 1995, and was named the university's eighth president in 1999.
Bryant said Friday he's anxious and willing to support the university in any way he can during the upcoming years.
"What I really will continue to do is help any way I can in terms of supporting the university," he said. "If the president (Dr. Steve Scott) has something he would like me to do or help with, I'm certainly at his disposal."
The Regents memo also states that former Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway will earn $340,352 per year during the next two academic years, and will get other fringe benefits. The memo also said former Kansas State University President Jon Wefald will receive $255,298 next year.