Playing With the Big Kids: Central Methodist University 1982-2016

Playing With the Big Kids: Central Methodist University 1982-2016


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A history of Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri from 1982-2016. This is a book about transformation, or how a sleepy little college in a sleepy little town in rural Missouri became a university.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947181045
Publisher: Eagle Heights LLC
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

John Gooch is a native Missourian and a 1960 graduate of Central College with a degree in history. He has also received the Master of Divinity degree from Garrett/Evangelical Seminary, and the Ph.D. in church history from St. Louis University. His career includes being pastor of United Methodist churches in Missouri, a university and seminary professor, curriculum editor at the United Methodist Publishing House, and a free-lance writer and editor. He is the author of 14 other books, and dozens of articles and curriculum units.

He and his wife, Beth, met at Central, and have been married as of this writing for some 58 years. They are the parents of Nina (Central Methodist, '84) and Carl, the parents-in-law of Erica and Kelly, and the grand-parents of Kaitlin and Jada. He and Beth enjoy travel, bridge, the St. Louis Cardinals, reading, and being with friends. They live in retirement in Lees Summit, MO.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Time Line

  1. The World of Education
  2. A New Day Dawns
  3. Transforming the Board of Curators
  4. Transforming Finances
  5. Transforming the Campus
  6. Celebrating a Sesquicentennial
  7. Transforming the Curriculum
  8. The College of Graduateand Extended Studies
  9. We Become a University
  10. Transforming Student Success
  11. Transforming Student Life
  12. Transforming the Alumni Association
  13. What is Christian Higher Education?
  14. Central Methodist and the Church
  15. Transforming Students
  16. Transition to the Future

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