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After leading students and faculty in Central’s Department of Graphics for many years, Dr. William Downs is now looking forward to a more leisurely lifestyle near family in Mansfield, Ohio.
The professor emeritus of graphics retired this summer after a successful career that included helping the department to earn accreditation of its drafting program by the American Design Drafting Association. Dr. Downs came to Central in 1968 as an assistant professor of industrial arts and technology, and advanced up the professional ranks, becoming department chair in 1977 and full professor in 1978.
During the 31 years he spent at Central, Dr. Downs became a prolific grant writer. Since 1985, his efforts in this area generated nearly $2.2 million for selected academic programs.
Although he spent the greater portion of his career as an administrator, Fr. Downs’ first love was teaching. He taught 18 different courses during his tenure and also helped develop many new courses. Outside the classroom, he was active in many university groups as well as professional organizations at the national and state levels.
Dr. Downs earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial education at Purdue University in Indiana, and completed master’s and doctoral degrees in the same academic area at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He and his wife, Anne, are the parents of one daughter, Jennifer, and a son, Andrew.