With Pittsburg State University’s current provost assuming the university’s top spot at president, the school needed to find somebody to fill in while the search to fill that position started.

With Pittsburg State University’s current provost assuming the university’s top spot at president, the school needed to find somebody to fill in while the search to fill that position started.
Steve Scott, PSU provost and vice president for academic affairs, selected Lynette Olson, dean of PSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, to serve as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for the coming year. Scott will assume his new role as president of PSU beginning July 1. The provost is the chief academic officer of the university.
“We are fortunate that someone with (Dr. Olson’s) experience and commitment to Pittsburg State University has agreed to assume this critical role,” Scott said in an e-mail announcing the appointment. “I am very much looking forward to working closely with Dr. Olson in my initial year as president.”
Scott said a search to fill the position on a permanent basis will begin early in the fall following “careful consultation with faculty leadership and other constituents of the provost.”
Olson said she appreciated the confidence that Scott has shown in her ability to assume the responsibilities of provost and vice president for academic affairs.
“I look forward to working with Dr. Scott, our administrators, faculty and staff during the coming year to provide continued quality educational opportunities while in the midst of tremendous budgetary challenges,” Olson said. “I have great respect for the academic leadership, faculty and staff of this university and will work to keep us moving forward as we serve the students and other constituent groups.”
Olson said she views her new responsibilities as an opportunity to grow and to serve the university in new ways.
“Since coming to Pittsburg State over a decade ago, I have found this to be a supportive environment through which I have grown as a professional,” Olson said. “This is another opportunity for growth and I hope through this interim assignment to provide similar opportunities for others.”
Olson came to PSU in 1996 as the chairperson and a member of the faculty in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. She was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001. Previously, Olson was a faculty member and administrator at South Dakota State University, a regional program coordinator through the Rural Development Center at Iowa State University, and a professor of family life and counseling at Manhattan (Kan.) Christian College.
Olson holds a bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Ozark Christian College, a master’s of science degree in higher education student personnel and guidance from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in family life education and consultation from Kansas State University.