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Dr. W. Clifton Adams finished his 28-year teaching career at Central on a high note, having helped guide the university’s forensic team to some prestigious national titles. The professor emeritus of speech communication will long remember the successes of his students as being among his proudest accomplishments at Central.
Dr. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alabama in 1968. His graduate work took place at Florida State University, Tallahassee, where he earned a Master of Science degree in 1970 and a doctoral degree in 1973.
Adams came to the university in September 1972 as an assistant professor of communication after working previously as an instructor at Florida State University. He taught a number of different communication courses over the years, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. When forensics coach Harold Lawson passed away during the 1999-2000 school year, Dr. Adams took over coaching the Talking Mules. One of the greatest highlights of his career came on June 6 when Missouri Gov. Mel Carnahan invited the team to a proclamation presentation ceremony honoring the team’s two national championship wins.
Longtime Warrensburg residents, Dr. Adams and his wife, Sara, will depart in August to begin a year of teaching PRO China at the Foreign Affairs College. They also plan to teach in Asia and/or the Middle East for several years, and eventually return to the northwest part of the United States. They have one daughter, Rhea.