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After making a daily commute to Warrensburg for many years, Dr. Kenneth Brookens has retired as professor emeritus of instructional technology at Central.
Brookens joined the faculty at Central in 1969 after having served as a biology and general science teacher for Independence public schools, and a graduate assistant and instructor of instructional technology at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
Brookens began his higher education at Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, where he received an associate of arts degree in elementary education. He received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree in natural science and a doctoral degree in instructional technology in higher education at Oklahoma State University.
In addition to serving on the faculty in Central’s department of special services, Brookens had numerous other department, college, and university assignments. He was secretary to the College of Education and Human Services Faculty Assembly, chair of the department of special services Computer Center Committee, a member of the Special Services Foundation Liaison Committee, and Special Services Equipment and Space Utilization Committee. He also served as graduate advisor for instructional technology majors and minors.
Brookens is a past president of the Missouri Association for Educational Communication and Technology. He also was a member of the Missouri Association of Rural Educators, Phi Delta Kappa, National Rural Education Association and National Computer Graphic Association.
He and his wife, Jean, reside in Independence.