Denneny Joins CMU Board
Columbia physician and educator Dr. James C. Denneny III, who joined the Central Methodist University Board of Trustees last month, is not an alumnus of the university.
That is not to say, however, that his bonds to the University are not strong ones.
Denneny, professor of clinical otolaryngology and a practicing physician at the University of Missouri, began a four-year term on the CMU Board. While attending its quarterly meetings, he might catch a glimpse of his daughter Jacquelline, a senior interdisciplinary studies major at CMU.
And while he's participating in CMU Board meetings in the Student and Community Center, he is likely to stroll past The James C. Denneny, Jr. Career Development Center, named in honor of his late father, a 1947 Central graduate and native of Fayette.
have many fond memories of Fayette and CMU from frequent visits over many
summers," Denneny said."It is an honor to be able to give something back
to the school that has meant so much to our family."
Denneny's aunt Frances Denneny Barnes graduated from Central, and his grandfather and namesake James C. Denneny also attended the institution. Unquestionably, the new CMU Board member has a vested interest in the fortunes of the University; he will now have a chance to help shape those fortunes.
The 38-member CMU Board is responsible for formulating bylaws and policies for the University. They select and evaluate the CMU President, approve long-range and strategic plans, oversee the maintenance of CMU's physical assets, and approve educational programming, among other duties.
Individual members serve on various Board committees, though Denneny's committee assignments have not yet been determined. Board members are asked to be ambassadors for the University, and to serve CMU in a variety of ways.
"We are honored that Dr. Denneny's service on our Board of Trustees continues the long tradition of his family's commitment to Central Methodist University," noted CMU President Marianne Inman.
Denneny's father was an executive with the former Southwestern Bell telephone company, so the younger Denneny grew up with stops in Missouri, Texas, New York, and Oklahoma, where he graduated from high school.
After earning his bachelor's degree in biology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, he was admitted to medical school at the University of Oklahoma, where he received his M.D. degree. Postgraduate training took place at the University of Oklahoma Medical School, and at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
In addition to his medical practice, he has taught at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, the Indiana University School of Medicine, and the University of Tennessee-Memphis prior to joining the University of Missouri in 2011. He also spent 24 years in private practice in Knoxville, Tenn.
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