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When Duane R. Sterling retired this year as university director emeritus of planning and policy, he turned his avocation into a vocation by becoming general manager of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Evanston, Ill. He served Central for nearly 32 years.
Sterling joined Central in 1965 as an assistant professor, but climbed the ranks holding a number of administration positions. He became university director for planning and policy with the rank of professor in July 1996. Prior to that he spent ten years as university director for planning, government and information services.
In addition to his work at the university, Sterling served at the state level on several groups dealing with education and technology concerns. He has been a member of the Governor’s Commission on Informational Technology, Missouri Goals 2000 Education Panel, and the Board of Examiners of the Missouri Quality Foundation.
A dedicated Rotarian, he served in the organization for 27 years and in 1993 was presented the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service Award.
Sterling earned his doctorate and master’s degrees at Louisiana State University and his bachelor’s degree at Southwest Missouri State University.
He and his wife Patricia have three daughters, Allison, Shannon, and Tiffany.