Centre grad makes WBJ ?40 Under 40? watch list

Scott Wituk, a graduate of Centre High School, was recently recognized by the Wichita Business Journal as a ?40 Under 40? awardee.

Wituk, director of Wichita State University?s Center for Community Support and Research, was recognized because of his involvement in creating thriving and supportive communities and organizations, according to a WBJ spokesperson.

?I am fortunate to be involved with some amazing projects and people in Wichita and across Kansas,? Wituk said. ?We (at the Center for Community Support and Research) get to do some really exciting work.?

One of CCSR?s recent initiatives, which was supported by the Kansas Health Foundation, involved helping 20 Kansas community coalitions, working to improve local health and wellness.

Wituk said he is also committed to WSU students.

?I?m interested in finding additional ways in which we can involve WSU students in our projects,? he said. ?We?ve had a strong relationship with several WSU departments who have students that want hands-on experience.?

He said he hopes they can build on those relationships and create new ones. In doing so, he said, WSU would be able to provide its students with opportunities they couldn?t find anywhere else.

In addition to his work in the community, Wituk is also known for his academic efforts having recently co-edited the book, ?Men?tal Health Self-Help: Con?sumer and Family Initiatives.?

Wituk is a WSU research professor and serves as an adjunct professor of psychology, earning his bachelor of arts degree, master of arts degree and doctor of philosophy, all from WSU.

He is the son of Carol and the late Helmut Wituk of rural Marion.

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