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Dave Gillespie

Dave Gillespie

Even if you are a UCM employee who never met Dave Gillespie, chances are you would recognize his face and his warm, friendly demeanor, likely having seen him going about his duties, his work that took him to many parts of campus as a Network Analyst III for the Office of Telecommunications (now Network Services). He retired from the university in June after dedicating approximately 30 years of service to the university.

Gillespie not only worked for Network Services, but he also taught UCM students and achieved the rank of associate professor in the Department of Electronics Technology. He joined the university in August 1984 as an instructor of electricity and electronics, and then earned two faculty promotions over the years. The network analyst emeritus takes pride in having taught and developed a large number of electronics technology and electronics engineering technology courses during the 20 years he was teaching from 1984 to 2004.

He also is proud of the excellent working relationships he formed with a number of faculty members, and the opportunities to teach courses at Harmon Industries in Grain Valley, a company known for technology. He actually worked several summers at the Harmon plant. As a staff member in Network Services, Gillespie has been in charge of maintaining the university’s $2 million Nortel 81C PBX (Private Branch Exchange) telephone system for the past 10 years. In addition to teaching and his work in technology, he has served the campus through a variety of committee involvement. This includes participation on the Undergraduate Exceptions Committee, member and chair of the former College of Applied Sciences and Technology Curriculum Committee, and member and chair of the University Curriculum Committee. Gillespie’s college education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Wichita State University, and a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri, where he also has worked toward a Ph.D (ABD).