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Harold D. (Pete) Beard has retired as professor emeritus of psychology after 25 years at Central. Joining Central in 1972 as an assistant professor, he earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Tennessee.
His teaching interests during his tenure included personality theory, educational psychology and counseling. While on leave from the university in 1988, Beard served as a police psychologist in Houston.
Beard sponsored Central’s Psychology Club for more than 20 years and published and presented numerous works at both the national and international level, contributing to research in areas such as classroom motivation, stress management for teachers and learning styles. Beard was the director of the Rehabilitation services Education Program until 1988 and wrote the renewal grant for continued funding of the program.
Beard participated in various professional organizations, including serving as vice president for post secondary education of the Missouri School Counselors Association, 1995-1995; and president of the central Missouri School Counselors Association, 1993-1994.
Beard’s wife Wanda is also retiring. They have two children, both of whom are medical doctors: Dr. Jayne Brockhaus, Warrensburg and Dr. Mark Beard, Seattle.