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Having a career that began at the university’s laboratory school, Anita Godfrey has retired after 34 years of service.
A professor emeritus of child and family development, Mrs. Godfrey joined Central in 1964 as a nursery and kindergarten supervisor at Central Elementary School. She worked at the school in various capacities over the years, including serving as language arts and reading teacher to student in grades kindergarten through fourth. In 1980, she became a faculty member in the Department of Human Environmental Sciences, where he taught for 19 years. Prior to her retirement, she served for one year in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development. During her tenure, she also invested her leadership, organization and creative skills at the university’s Child Development Center.
Mrs. Godfrey entered the education field after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree in 1964 from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa. She furthered her education at Central completing a Master of Science degree in 1967 and an Education Specialist degree in 1975.
While on campus, she served on numerous committees, including the Undergraduate Exceptions Committee, Search Committee for Associate Provost, and the University 1000 Advisory Committee. She also served as a faculty advisor to Sigma Kappa sorority and advisor to the Central Missouri Teachers Association Early Childhood Section.
Mrs. Godfrey and her husband, Vern, have three sons, Clint, Jeff and Chad.