Director of Admission
Larry is a 1967 Central graduate and has been employed at Central Methodist University since 1982. He also has a Master's Degree from Drury University. He formerly served as Head Football Coach, Director of Athletics, Associate Professor. Larry and his wife Terri '91, have two grown children and seven grandchildren.
Mary has been employed at Central since February 1993. She enjoys gardening and her grandchildren. Mary and her husband, Gerald, reside in Fayette.
Campus Visit Coordinator
Paige graduated from Glasgow high school in 2004. After high school, she went on to obtain her AA degree in Business at Moberly Area Community College in 2006. She has been employed with CMU since August 2012. Paige currently resides in Glasgow with her husband Chris and her two sons Owen and Paxton. In her spare time she enjoys reading books about history and spending time with her family. Paige loves getting to know prospective students and their families through her job at CMU.
Penny Pihana Shaw
Penny has been employed as Central since January 2002. She and her husband, Dale, have three children: Makai '02, Kalei and Mauka '06, and four grandchildren. She enjoys Ohana time, hula, Hawaii nei, glass engraving and her job at CMU. Her favorite past-time is babysitting.
United Methodist Church Liaison
Michael D. Pope is the United Methodist Church Liaison for Central Methodist University. He has been employed with CMU since July 1, 2006. Michael's most recent work prior to his employment with CMU was as a youth director for Wesley UMC in Jefferson City, Missouri. He served in the pastoral ministry for over 22 years in several churches in Missouri and Kansas as well as pursuing careers in the fields of career counseling, sales and marketing.
He attended Central Methodist College from 1975-78. During that time, he also served a student pastorate at Sturgeon-Riggs UMC. His on-campus activities included regular attendance at Chapel and participation in religious life organizations.
Michael is active in Rotary International where he is a past-president of the Fayette Rotary Club and is currently serving as the Assistant District Governor for Area #3 of Rotary District 6080. Michael is also serving as 3rd Ward Alderman and serves on the Tree Board as well as the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Fayette. In addition, Michael volunteers his service as the chairperson of the organization team for Fayette Main Street, Inc.
Michael and his wife Gwen Auck Pope live in Fayette. Gwen teaches mathematics at Cooper County R-IV Schools in Bunceton, MO. They have four children, three of whom graduated from CMU (John Oberlin '99, Todd Oberlin '07 and Heidi Pope '12). John's wife, Lesley Strickland Oberlin, also graduated from CMU in '01. Michael and Gwen have another daughter, Heather Teufel, and one son-in-law, Marty Teufel. Michael and Gwen also have four grandchildren, including Jordan Teufel, Mackenzie Oberlin, Mason Oberlin, and RaeLynn Hugo.
Vice-President of Institutional Growth and Student Engagement
Ken Oliver has diverse experience in higher education. Over the past 20 years, Oliver has served as an assistant coach, head coach, associate professor, director of student-athlete retention, dean of students and enrollment, director of athletics and vice president.
On May 2, 2012, Oliver was appointed as Central Methodist Universitys first Vice President of Institutional Growth and Student Engagement. This marks his second stint as a staff member at CMU.
His new post at CMU will be tasked with leadership and strategic direction for enrollment growth with quality, oversight and management of CMU student development programs and its 14-sport athletics department. He will be deeply involved in enrollment and retention, including support for integration and coordination of CMUs on-campus College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and its College of Graduate and Extended Studies. He will also work closely with areas such as fundraising and development, marketing and physical plant operations.