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After early professional career experiences that gave him close contact with real-world issues faced by families, Greg Kennedy devoted the next 24 years to educating Central Missouri students.
The professor emeritus of child and family development came to campus in 1981 as an assistant professor of home economics in the College of Applied Sciences and Technology. He was promoted to associate professor in 1984, and later became a full professor in the Department of Human Environmental Sciences, where he also spent one year as interim department chair. Kennedy joined the College of Education and Human Services in 1999 as a professor of child and family development in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Before he pursued a college teaching post, he spent approximately three years serving as a program coordinator for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. Through his involvement in the Teenage Obstetrics Program and the Improved Pregnancy Outcome Program, he gained valuable experience dealing with issues that face young women and families in the inner city.
Kennedy takes pride in accomplishments such as establishing a child and family development major and facilitating the professional development of CMSU students as they prepare to embark on careers in human service.
Kennedy earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State University in Manhattan and a doctorate from Florida State University, Tallahassee.
In retirement, he and his wife, Marguerite, plan a cross-country bike tour from Montana to California to Florida, before beginning service in the Peace Corps May 2007 in Africa.