PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University has sent more than a few employees and graduates off to prestigious appointments.

Recently they were able to add one more to the list, as Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Naccarato, was recently appointed by Gov. Jeff Colyer to the Delta Dental Board of Directors.

Delta Dental is a nonprofit dental benefits company based in Wichita. It is the largest provider of dental benefits in Kansas, and provide benefits for the State of Kansas Employee Health Plan. Naccarato is no stranger to Delta Dental as it provides the dental coverage for PSU.

In a statement provided by the university Colyer said he was inspired to appoint Naccarato to the board based on his “vision and leadership”.

“We need that type of vision and leadership on the board of directors for Delta Dental of Kansas,” Colyer said. “Dental health is a vital component of overall health, and access to quality, affordable insurance is essential for all Kansans.”

Colyer also pointed to Naccarato’s recent involvement in the work done at Block 22 as example of the type of transformation he’s hoping Naccarato brings to the board.

“Shawn has a long history of being able to bring people together to accomplish big things,” Colyer said.

In an email interview Naccarato for his part said that the appointment is a great honor, and that he was proud to be Southeast Kansas’ “voice on the board.”

“My goal on the Board of Directors for Delta Dental of Kansas is to use the leadership skills I’ve honed at Pittsburg State to support synergy of board members’ various opinions and expertise to ensure access to quality affordable dental healthcare,” Naccarato said. “I will also work hard to represent the needs of, and be the voice for, people here in Pittsburg and Southeast Kansas.”

The appointment is especially meaningful for Naccarato who has young children.

“As the father of two young children, I know first-hand just how important dental care is at all stages of life,” Naccarato said. “And as is the case with all health-related issues, access is critical.

That’s most certainly true here in our own community. No one in Pittsburg should be without access to quality, affordable dental care.”

Naccarato said he will be pulling from over a decade of experience at PSU to accomplish his goals of bringing people together to tackle important issues.

“I firmly believe in the value of partnership and cooperation when trying to accomplish big, important things,” he said. “We’re all different and have unique perspectives on a variety of issues, and I believe the best solutions to our most pressing issues come out of a forging of those different perspectives and opinions.”

Naccarato’s appointment to 10 member board by Gov. Colyer went into effect on July 1, and will run for four years.