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A seasoned professional in the health field, Merle H. Charney retired as director emeritus of student health services after 10 years of service to Central.
Before joining the university, Charney was administrative director at Menorah Medical Center, Kansas City for five years; president of the hospital division of WSC Group, Inc., Kansas City, for seven years; and owner of Henry Bernhard & Co., Kansas City, for six years.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and received his master’s degree in hospital administration at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
Charney was a member of several professional associations including the Planning Committee for the Governor’s Conference on Issues of Substance Abuse and Higher Education, Missouri College Personnel Association, American Public Health Association, and the Interassociation Task Force on Campus Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issues. He chaired the American College Health Association’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Task Force, and was regional coordinator of the Network of Colleges and Universities Committed to the Elimination of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. He was also vice president, president-elect, and president of the Central College Health Association.
As for his work at Central, Charney said he is most proud of his efforts to infuse health education into the total operation of the Student Health Center as well as establishing the Health Center as a resource on health related topics for students.
He and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Janet an Anita, and a son, Jeff.