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Dr. Hal M. Sappington’s background includes an impressive career both in and out of academia.
After more than 26 years at Central, Sappington has retired as professor emeritus of electronics technology. During his tenure, he was an assistant professor from 1969-79, associate professor from 1979-84 and professor from 1984-1996. Additionally, he served as chair of the department from 1983-1990.
Sappington received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia, his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Denver and a doctorate in industrial education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Before entering the teaching profession, he was an engineer at Collins Radio Company, a flight test instrumentation engineer at McDonnell Aircraft Corporation and the group leader of the systems engineering laboratory at the University of Denver Research Institute.
After arriving at Central in 1969, Sappington became active in a number of committees including the Ethics and Grievance, College Promotion and Tenure, Fringe Benefits and College Technology Symposium committees. He also served on the Faculty Senate, sponsored the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) from 1972-92, and participated on numerous department committees.
Sappington and his wife, Carol, have three sons, Tim, Jim and Scott, and a daughter, Kerri Sample.