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He played instrumental roles in helping the university to obtain national accreditation and reaccreditation in aviation and electronics programs, helped secure $1.25 million in airport improvement grants, and was part of the administrative team effort to enable the purchase a $2.3 million fleet of 16 new Cessna training aircraft. These are just a few of many accomplishments for Dr. John Dennison, who is now enjoying a less hectic pace as a high school industrial technology teacher in Kansas City. He devoted more than 22 years to Central and its Students.
Now residing in Liberty, the professor emeritus of power and transportation came to the university in 1975 as assistant to the dean of the School of Continuing Education. He became an assistant professor of power and transportation in 1978, and was promoted to associate professor three years later. He left campus in 1983, but returned in 1987 to become an associate professor of graphics. Dr. Dennison became interim chair of the Department of Power and Transportation in 1990, served from 1991-1998 as professor of graphics, and was power and transportation chair from 1999-2001. He is the former coordinator if the Missouri Technology Development Center on campus.
Dr. Dennison’s education includes an associate degree from Flat River Junior College, Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central, and a doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia.