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.

Affirmative Action Committee

  • Charge: An advisory body to the Office of Institutional Equity.
  • Chair: Cindy Johnson - ext. 4189 (cjohnso1@pittstate.edu)

Athletic Council

  • Charge: Advises the President in matters concerning Intercollegiate Athletics. Also makes athletic fee recommendations to the Student Government Association.
  • Chair: Cole Shewmake - ext. 4911 (cshewmake@pittstate.edu)

Commencement Committee

  • Charge: Provides recommendations to the President and President's Council to provide best possible commencement experience for graduates and guests, and prepares, organizes and manages ceremonies.
  • Chair: Howard Smith - ext.4006 (hwsmith@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 & initiatives. Provides a mechanism for campus-wide input on the use of information technology resources. Develops and recommends to President's Council appropriate policies, standards and procedures that facilitate the effective and efficient use of these resources. Develops IT plan and oversees its implementation ensuring the plan is in alignment with the university's strategic plan.
  • Chair: Angela Neria - ext.4614 (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 operation 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 - ext. 4683 (mpomatto@pittstate.edu)

Sustainability Committee

  • Charge: Develop and facilitate the implementation of the institution's sustainability plan. The sustainability plan will be designed to institutionalize economic, social and environmental sustainability into all university activities including operations, teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement.
  • Co-Chairs: Brian Peery - ext. 4175 (bpeery@pittstate.edu) / Jon Bartlow - ext. 4761 (jbartlow@pittstate.edu)

Threat Assessment & Behavioral Intervention Team - Workplace & Campus Violence Committee

  • Charge: Review situations of threat, potential violence, or incidents of actual violence on the campus and/or in the workplace.
  • Chair: Jason Kegler - ext. 4945 (ckegler@pittstate.edu)

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

  • Charge: Provide 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 & policy based crisis response planning, management and evaluation; recommend a unified crises response plan involving internal & external resources; consider operational issues such as communication, training and development, maintenance of ongoing preparedness, aftermath management and data management/record keeping; and integrate existing policy into recommendations.
  • Chair: Steve Erwin - ext. 4246 (serwin@pittstate.edu)

University Diversity Council

  • Charge: Provide leadership and coordination in promoting diversity by providing advice and counsel to the President and President's Council on matters of diversity; make policy recommendations to the President, Provost and Vice Presidents; provide insights to campus academic and administrative units on strategic planning related to diversity; provide leadership in developing, coordinating and promoting professional development programs for faculty and staff related to issues of diversity; and advocate for resources to support campus diversity initiatives.
  • Chair: Detrea Rose - ext. 6556 (drose@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; and address questions/concerns and oversee the awarding and distribution process of scholarships at Pittsburg State University.
  • Co-Chairs: Kathleen Flannery - ext. 4757 (kflannery@pittstate.edu) / Howard Smith - ext. 4006 (hwsmith@pittstate.edu)

University Strategic Planning Council

  • Charge: Provide leadership on all aspects of implementation of the University Strategic Plan. 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 this data, the Council will make recommendations to the President regarding strategic priorities for the upcoming year; and allocation of resources in accordance with the university mission and strategic priorities to ensure close alignment of budgeting and planning. It 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: Lynette Olson - ext. 4113 (lolson@pittstate.edu)