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Familiar to many students, staff and faculty who frequent the Martin Building, Dr. Dan Curtis will no longer be there to offer a friendly “hello” once classes begin this fall. He has retired as professor emeritus of speech communication after serving Central for 28 years.
Dr. Curtis is a Central alumnus, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and history and a Bachelor of Science degree in education in speech and social studies from Central in 1964. He went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in speech in 1966, then attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he completed his doctoral degree in 1974.
Dr. Curtis joined the faculty in 1970 as an instructor of speech communication. He climbed the faculty ranks becoming an assistant professor and eventually a full professor, while also serving in a variety of leadership positions. He served from 1978 to 1983 as head of the Department of Speech Communication, was acting chair of the Department of Mass Communication from 1983 to 1998. In addition to his work in the classroom, he served for 30 years as a faculty sponsor of the Christian Campus Ministry.
Dr. Curtis was recognized by his peers through honors such as the Faculty Achievement Award presented by the college of Arts and Sciences; the college’s Distinguished Faculty Award; and the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award, the top honor given to university faculty.
He and his wife, Linda, have two sons, Lance and Grant.