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After a 35-year career at Central that combined teaching responsibilities with hands-on duties in computer applications, Robert W. Grimes has retired as systems programming manager emeritus.
Mr. Grimes devoted his entire higher education career to serving his alma mater. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mathematics at Central.
His first job at the institution was in 19964 as a graduate assistant. He found full-time employment two years later as a systems programmer and instructor of business. His quest for career advancement led him to the position as director of the Computer Center in 1971, and in 1981 to systems programming coordinator. He became systems programming manager in 1999.
He helped the institution to achieve some technology milestones during his career. In 1972 he programmed the first entire computer enrollment for the campus, initiating a computer code which is still partially in use. He also maintained and provided for a high level of availability for the university’s mainframe computer and system software.
Beyond his campus duties, Mr. Grimes has stayed active in the Warrensburg community as a member of the Optimist Club and Boy Scouts of America.
He and his wife, Mary Lynne, are longtime community residents, and the parents of two children, Robert Alan Grimes and Deborah Lynne Stark. With a love for flu fishing, he hopes to spend a portion of his retirement building a house and wetting a line at Table Rock Lake.