Some changes are coming to Missouri State University’s McQueary College of Health and Human Services (MCHHS) leadership team this fall.
“Both Sarah and Colette have been amazing leaders and advocates for the college, their respective departments and most importantly, MSU students,” said Dr. Mark Smith, MCHHS dean.
“In my short time at MSU, I have learned from them both tremendously and am exceptionally grateful to have had them be part of an excellent college leadership team as we navigated the many challenges caused by COVID-19.
“Their experience, insights and honesty will be hard to replace. I wish them all the best as they take on new challenges and opportunities.”
Dr. Sarah McCallister
McCallister is retiring from Missouri State after 22 years of service, which included 15 years as department head of kinesiology.
McCallister contributed to the kinesiology department, the college, university and community in many ways. In 2018, she was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
She was recently described by the kinesiology faculty as a servant leader who supported faculty and staff and cared deeply about her department and students.
Dr. Colette Witkowski
Witkowski has decided to return to faculty after serving as BMS department head for 15 years. She contributed to the department, the college, university and community in a lot of ways over the years.
She is a strong role model and advocate for women and girls in the sciences. She serves as the lead organizer of the Expanding Your Horizons conference. The conference brings middle school girls to campus to learn about science with hands-on activities, exposing them to related career opportunities.