PSU president reflects on adapting to the pandemic

PITTSBURG, Kan. – For the past year, all of us have been navigating new territory. The pandemic has thrown wrenches into pretty much every well-laid plan.

It was a unique challenge at universities like Pitt State. On March 13, 2020, students were sent home for spring break and didn’t return for the rest of the semester due to shelter-in-place orders. A year later, the university has students back on campus.

University president Steve Scott says it was never easy, and teamwork helped university leadership figure out how to tackle issues caused by the pandemic.

“The decisions we were making and the challenges that would lie ahead,” said Scott. “I’m not sure I could have gotten out of bed everyday and faced that because every decision was followed by another decision. Each decision seemed like it was more complicated not less complicated. But with all the assistants, all the partnerships, everybody doing their job, all in all we had a pretty successful year.”

This year spring break was moved to the end of the semester so students are not traveling and then returning to campus. That means coursework will end on May 7,  a week earlier than usual.