Presidential Committees

Committees, Councils & Boards


Administrative Committees are charged with oversight of many different activities and functions of the university. They provided insight and recommendations to the president.

Athletic Council

  • Charge: Advise the President in matters concerning Intercollegiate Athletics and make athletic fee recommendations to the Student Government Association.
  • Chair: Cole Shewmake - cshewmake@pittstate.edu

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council

  • Charge: Provide leadership and coordination in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at Pittsburg State University. Specifically, the Council will: Provide advice and counsel to the President and President's Council, including specific actions and/or policy changes on matters of diversity; Perform periodic needs assessments of the campus climate; Monitor the campus climate and the implementation of recommended actions and reporting at least quarterly to the President and President's Council; Encourage, endorse and participate in University educational programs that promote an increased understanding of equity and diversity; Develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan that aligns with the University's Strategic Plan and Core Values; Provide leadership in developing, coordinating and promoting professional development programs for faculty and staff related to issues of diversity; Advocate for resources to support campus diversity initiatives.
  • Chair: Deatrea Rose - drose@pittstate.edu

Information Technology Council

  • Charge: Create an environment that aggressively employs the application of emerging and proven technologies in support of all aspects of the university's activities and initiatives; Provide a mechanism for campus-wide input on the use of information technology resources; Develop and recommend to President's Council appropriate policies, standards and procedures that facilitate the effective and efficient use of these resources; Develop an IT plan and oversee its implementation ensuring the plan is in alignment with the University's Strategic Plan.
  • Chair: Angela Neria - aneria@pittstate.edu

Joint University Student Publications Board

  • Charge: Advise publisher (President) and advisors on any matters involving either operating procedures or journalistic standards in daily operation of student publications; Approve major policy decisions relative to operating procedures and journalistic standards in the day-to-day operation of each publication, as well as other matters such as, but not limited to, changes in format and frequency of issues; Hear charges concerting violation of operational procedures, journalistic standards and/or journalistic freedom as they relate to the daily operation of student publications; Approve the annual budget request recommended by each advisor and editor based on sources of funding and expenditures as noted on standard budget request forms used by the university; Make appointments to the Editor-in-Chief positions for each publication from among applicants recommended by the advisor; Remove editors or staff personnel in due process hearings.
  • Chair: Mary Carol Pomatto - mpomatto@pittstate.edu

Sustainability Committee

  • Charge: Develop and facilitate the implementation of the institution's sustainability plan. The sustainability plan will be designed to address the goal to institutionalize environmental sustainability into all university activities including operations, teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement.
  • Co-Chairs: Jon Bartlow - jbartlow@pittstate.edu

University Critical Incident & Crisis Response, Advisory, Planning, Evaluation & Support Team

  • Charge: Make recommendations to the Executive Policy Group (chaired by the President and defined in the University's Critical Incident/Crisis Response Management Operations Plan) for philosophic and policy-based crisis response planning, management and evaluation; Recommend a unified crises response plan involving internal and external resources; Consider operational issues such as communication, training and development, maintenance of ongoing preparedness, aftermath management and data management/record keeping; Integrate existing policy into recommendations.
  • Chair: Steve Erwin - serwin@pittstate.edu

University Scholarship Committee

  • Charge: Review policy and procedure issues and make recommendations to the President's Council for the general administration of scholarships; Address questions/concerns and oversee the awarding and distribution process of scholarships at Pittsburg State University.
  • Co-Chairs: Kathleen Flannery - kflannery@pittstate.edu / Howard Smith - hwsmith@pittstate.edu

University Strategic Planning Council

  • Charge: Provide leadership on all aspects of implementation of the University Strategic Plan. The Council will integrate sources of data from unit/division plans and key committees to evaluate institutional operations and performance as well as improve institutional effectiveness. Based upon review of the data, the Council will make recommendations to the President regarding (1) strategic priorities for the upcoming year; and (2) allocation of resources in accordance with the university mission and strategic priorities to ensure close alignment of budgeting and planning. The Council will also make requests to the University Tuition Committee regarding allocation of revenue generated from potential increase in tuition funding. These recommendations and requests will address innovative opportunities and expansion of demonstrated growing programs/services as well as identification of programs or initiatives that are no longer viable. The Council will work with University Marketing and Communication to keep the campus informed of planning activities.
  • Chair: Howard Smith - hwsmith@pittstate.edu