PITTSBURG, Kan. - The time Dr. Steve Scott spent in Miami helped prepare him for his next big job - serving as the ninth president of Pittsburg State University.

Scott will be installed today during a ceremony in front of Russ Hall on the PSU campus.

Scott's installation is part of homecoming weekend that will be capped by the Gorillas' MIAA football game with Fort Hays State.

Scott assisted Bill Belger as boys' basketball coach for three years at Miami High School. He also was head He then taught computer science at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M from 1981-88.

Scott also served on the Miami Board of Education for five years.

"All of my experiences while in Miami were good," said Scott, a native of Baxter Springs, Kan. "They all went together in helping to prepare me for this job."

Scott said he's invited former NEO faculty members Jim and Beverly Grover to attend Friday's festivities.

"Jim was the person who hired me at NEO," Scott said. "I have a tremendous respect for NEO. It was a wonderful experience."

Scott said he met with new Northeastern A&M president Dr. Jeffery Hale shortly after Hale arrived on the NEO campus in January.

"We enjoyed living in Miami," Scott said. "We made some good friends. I enjoyed working at the high school. They have some good teachers and good administrators."

In a bit of irony, Scott sold a house in Miami to Chuck Broyles just after Broyles was hired as an assistant coach and teacher at MHS.

The pair have been reunited - Broyles answers to Scott as athletic director at PSU. Broyles is in his 20th season as the Gorillas' head football coach.

Scott joined the PSU faculty in 1989 as an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In 1995, he was named chairman of the Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies.

From 1999 until 2006, he served as dean of the College of Education and was named vice president for academic affairs in 2006.

In June 2008, the title of Provost was added, recognizing the broad scope of Dr. Scott's leadership activities throughout campus.

After a nationwide search, Scott was tapped by the Kansas Board of Regents earlier this year to succeed Dr. Tom Bryant as PSU president.

Scott's No. 1 goal for the school is "let's keep the momentum going. We have a lot of good things happening here."