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William Foley

William Foley

            With a career that included honors such as the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award and the 2000 Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. William Foley has retired as professor emeritus of history.

            Dr. Foley came to the University in 1966 after teaching in the Raytown School District and serving as an assistant instructor at the University of Missouri. While at Central, he taught a number of history courses and served as graduate coordinator for history and social studies in the Department of History and Anthropology. He also found time for involvement in university service with activities ranging from serving as past Faculty Senate vice president to participating in the Presidential Search and Screening Committee.

            In retirement, Dr. Foley is currently working on a biography of the explorer William Clark, in addition to continuing his role as general editor of the Missouri Biography series for the University of Missouri Press. He also served on the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Editorial Board for Missouri Historical Review.

            Dr. Foley earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central and a doctorate at UMC.

            He and his wife, Martha, have two children, a daughter, Laura Sindhi, and son, David.