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Dr. Ed Elliott, a man who demonstrated great vision and skill as a leading during his 14-year tenure at Central, has retired as president emeritus and distinguished university fellow.
Dr. Elliott came to campus in 1985 after serving for three years as president of Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. As Central’s 12th president, he led the institution to one of the most successful periods in its 128-year history.
Under his leadership, the university saw tremendous growth in enrollment, expansion of its international and distance learning programs, increased admission standards, a new general studies program, emphasis in strategic planning and collegial governance, and integration of a new teaching/learning/assessment model known as Continuous Process Improvement. The campus also received a statewide mission in professional technology, and benefited from numerous building renovations and new construction projects.
The institution’s financial stability grew under Dr. Elliott’s leadership as state funding dramatically increased. In addition, assets of the Central Missouri State University Foundation grew from $1 million in 1985 to $25 million last year.
Dr. Elliott is a 1960 graduate of William Jewell College, where he received a bachelor’s degree. He earned his master’s degree from Teachers College at Columbia University, and a Doctor in Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado.
He and his wife, Sandra, have three sons, Glenn, Gregg and Grant.