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A. Paul Winans Jr. retired in May as professor emeritus of psychology and counselor education at Central. He served the university for 21 years.
Winans joined Central’s faculty in 1973 as coordinator of counselor education. In addition to his teaching duties, he became a member of the staff at the university’s Center for Counseling and Psychological services in 1986. Prior to coming to Central, he served for eight years in Missouri’s public schools as a teacher and counselor, and for two years was the director of a federally funded project in Kansas City.
He earned both a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in professional social studies education from Central. He completed a master of education degree in counseling from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a doctorate from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
His professional background has included active membership in several local, state, and national organizations. He served as president and vice president of the Missouri Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). He was a member of the ACES national delegate assembly in Washington, D.C. and Houston, Texas.
Since 1978, he has been licensed as a psychologist by the State of Missouri. Counseling with students, faculty, and staff were among his most rewarding experiences at Central.
Winans and his wife, Gwen, have three daughters, a son and five grandchildren. His retirement plans include collecting and repairing antique radios, photography, and carpentry.