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Strong leadership skills followed John Sutton into academic administrative positions with significant responsibilities in overseeing budgets, personnel and programs during his 40-year career as a college educator. He served UCM for 17 years before retiring as professor emeritus in the School of Technology.
Sutton’s entry into higher education began at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1971 as director of the Manpower Skill Center in the College of Technical Careers. After a couple of position moves at Southern Illinois, he took a job at Colorado State University as professor and head of the Department of Industrial Sciences, where he spent 10 years before coming to UCM. Sutton began work at Central Missouri in 1994 as professor and chair of the Department of Manufacturing and Construction in the College of Applied Sciences and Technology. In 2005, he was named chair of the School of Technology.
As technology school chair, Sutton provided leadership for an area with approximately 1,000 majors in 12 academic programs, while also teaching graduate-level courses in industrial management, industrial technology, and in the cooperative doctoral program in technology management. He oversaw programs in technology and manufacturing and construction management fields that provided graduates with some of the highest starting salaries among all degree areas on campus. Most recently, he provided leadership to realign Printing Services with resources and personnel to establish the Center for Print Production. This transitioned the print shop into a learning facility that provides students with experience producing real products for university clients.
Sutton’s strong interest in research led to more than 40 articles and 80 presentations before a number of professional groups and organizations.
He prepared for his career as an educator by earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in education-related areas from Southern Illinois University.