PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University will have a familiar face in a new role this upcoming year.

PSU Provost Lynette Olson announced the appointment of Dean of the College of Education Howard Smith as interim associate vice president of enrollment management and student success Thursday.

The Office of Enrollment Management and Student Success oversees many crucial parts of campus life. It starts with recruiting students and is involved through their stay at PSU. The office helps ensure students’ success through units such as the Office of Admission, the Office of the Registrar, student financial assistance, student success programs and many others.

The interim position will last for one year. During this time an interim dean will be appointed to the College of Education.

“I am grateful that Dr. Smith agreed to step into this interim leadership role,” Olson said in a release. “Dedicated to Pittsburg State, he has proven himself as a strong and capable leader. He is well respected by the campus community and though the faculty and staff in the College of Education are reluctant to let him go, even for a year, they also support this appointment as they know it is in the best interest of the university at this point in time.”

Smith is no stranger to Kansas universities. He earned his bachelor’s in education from PSU, then went on to receive a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Kansas. He earned his Ph.D. in educational administration from Kansas State University.

He began his educational career in 1975 and has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher, an elementary and middle school principal, and has served as superintendent of schools.

Smith started at PSU in 1993 and worked a variety of roles before becoming dean of the College of Education in 2010.

“I see this as a great opportunity to serve the university in a strategic manner for the future,” Smith said in a release. “There’s a great staff to work with as we continue to tell the rest of the world about Pitt State’s wonderful living and learning environment and to help our students achieve their educational goals.”

— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at choener@morningsun.net or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.