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Dr. Jack Landers has guided hundreds of Central students on the path to careers in the construction management industry. The professor emeritus of industrial technology has retired after 34 years of service.
Dr. Landers is a Central alumnus, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the university during the 1960’s. He went on to complete his Doctor of Education degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1972. He did post-doctorate work at Oklahoma State University.
He began work in 1966 as an instructor and supervising teacher in industrial arts at the lab school, and eventually became a full professor. His responsibilities sometimes turned from the classroom to an administrative role, taking on jobs such as assistant dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Technology, 1987-1991, and chair of the Department of Manufacturing and Construction, 1981-1991. He served as coordinator of the Construction Management Program from 1981 until his retirement.
Dr. Landers played an instrumental role in curriculum delivery for the Bachelor of Science degree in construction management, was involved in efforts to win accreditation from NAIT and ACCE, and played a role in the assessment plan for the Department of Manufacturing and Construction.
He and his wife, Mary Lee, are the parents of one son, Garry, and two daughters, Cheryl and Jacklyn.