Tim Senecaut is a 1989 Pitt State alumnus and a graduate of the ROTC program. He also serves as the newly installed advisor to the PSU Student Veterans Organization and a member of the PSU Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee.
Senecaut was determined to be a part of the military due to his family’s history of service. His father, along with six of his uncles, had all served. Four served at the same time during World War II in the Pacific Theater. His uncle Paul retired as a Chief Warrant Officer after 30 years of service. Tim was surrounded by military conversations growing up, and knew it was something he needed to do. That led to his nearly 29 years of service.
Within those years, his experience includes serving the Deputy Commander of the 176th Engineer Brigade in Texas, the Commander of Task Force Roughneck in Northern Afghanistan, responsible for Route Clearance, Construction, and training Afghan Engineers, the Commander of the 111th Engineer Battalion, the Director of Facilities for the Texas National Guard, the Executive Officer of the 235th Regiment, a Senior Analyst for the Department of the Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Division, the Facility Management Branch Chief for the National Guard Bureau’s Installations Division, the Facility Engineer of the Battle Command Training Center, the Commander of the 242nd Engineer Company, and as an Engineer Platoon Leader in the 299th Engineer Battalion during the First Gulf War in Iraq, responsible for clearing bunkers and capturing and processing enemy prisoners of war and destroying Iraq military assets.
“As an Army Engineer, I had a lot of opportunities to do some amazing things with a lot of different services and militaries from other nations,” Senecaut said. “I had the great pleasure to serve with some amazing men and women who came together to accomplish some extraordinary achievements.”
His accomplishments and awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Staff Identification Badge for service at the Pentagon, the US Army Engineer Regiment’s Bronze De Fleury Medal, and the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency in Gold.
Although the military is a big part of his life, Senecaut is very active in the community as part of civic organizations, including Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation, SAE Baja, and the PSU Alumni Association, and volunteers at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy.
Senecaut is father to three daughters, Aimee, Emily, and Elizabeth, and is a grandfather to granddaughter Ariana and grandson Wyatt. Not only do his grandkids keep him active, but so does his marathons. He has completed 20 marathons which include: the Boston Marathon, Pikes Peak Marathon, Inaugural Army Marathon, Inaugural Air Force Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, and Blue Angel/Navy Marathon.
Senecaut is also very involved on campus. He is a member of the Commencement Committee, the Critical Incident and Crisis Response Team, the Facility Master Planning Committee, the Sustainability Committee, the Move-In Crew, and is chair of the PSU Parking Committee.
As much as he gives to the university, he is very appreciative of the support he receives back from not only Pitt State but from the city of Pittsburg as well.
“Pitt State and the entire Southeast Kansas community does an exceptional job in showing support and appreciation for our military members and their families,” Senecaut said.