Congratulations to Patricia Houston, who has been selected as the director of organizational culture for the Community Engagement Institute (CEI) at Wichita State. In the newly created position, Houston will direct the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of strategies and programs that will enhance the organization’s culture and overall employee experience for CEI. “We are very excited for Patricia to start as the director of organizational culture for CEI. Patricia brings years of experience and a deep passion for this work,” said CEI executive director Scott Wituk. “She will help support staff so that we can be our best for each other and our community partners. I look forward to working with her more closely and seeing where her leadership takes us.” Houston has been with WSU since 2017 and was recently working in CEI as a prevention and promotion specialist with Prevention Initiatives. She has been a member of CEI’s Equity Team for years. Houston was selected for this new position through a CEO internal search. She has earned Bachelor’s of business administration from Wichita State University, and a Master’s of business administration from Baker University. Houston is a seasoned professional with experience in non-profit leadership, culture change, project and program management and facilitating challenging conversations in created spaces of belonging. Overall, she has a wealth of knowledge about the human experience. “I’m looking forward to taking on this new role and continuing the work we have begun here at CEI to foster a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment to produce a vibrant culture rich in authenticity, empathy, expertise, collaboration and growth,” Houston said. Houston will start in her new position Sept. 18.