Stephens and Rodenberg Recognized
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 5/15/2006 - An alumnus who has dedicated his career to law enforcement and the former executive director of international programs at University of Central Missouri will be honored during 2006 Spring Commencement exercises, May 5-6, in the Multipurpose Building.
Darrel W. Stephens, police chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC, Police Department, will receive the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, during the graduate commencement at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5. Terry Rodenberg, assistant vice chancellor and director of international affairs at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, will be presented the Distinguished Service Award during the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6.
Darrel W. Stephens�
Stephens, who has co-authored several books and published articles about policing issues, graduated from UCM in 1977 with a Master of Science in Public Services Administration degree. Having a national reputation as a policing innovator, he is recognized for helping to develop programs that have contributed significantly to what is now known as the community problem-oriented policing model - a community policing approach used by many police departments across America today.
Law Enforcement Career
His background includes police work in Kansas City and Lawrence, KS, and service as chief of police in the cities of Largo, FL; Newport News, VA; and St. Petersburg, FL. He completed the FBI National Executive Institute, as well as the JFK Program for Senior State and Local Government Executives and multiple years of the Harvard Executive Session on Community Policing, both at Harvard University.
Rodenberg served UCM 32 years before retiring and accepting a post at ECU in 2005. After beginning his career teaching students at the UCM's lab school, he progressed through the academic ranks in the Department of Sociology, becoming the institution's first exchange professor in Sweden, and then became director, and eventually, executive director of international programs.
International Programs Thrived under Rodenberg
Under Rodenberg's leadership, UCM's international program grew to become one of the most active and far-reaching programs in the nation. He was instrumental in the founding of the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies based at Teikyo University, Holland; developing UCM's international studies minor; and opening a myriad of study-abroad opportunities for domestic students and faculty. His leadership in encouraging faculty to integrate their overseas experience into the campus classroom helped the university earn the prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award for Outstanding Faculty Program from the Institute of International Education.