July 2021 Speaker: Kent Farnsworth

A former Air Force pilot and educator, Farnsworth spent part of his high school years living in Tehran, Iran, and also resided in England.  He spent five years as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Conflict and worked briefly in the semiconductor industry in California’s Silicon Valley before entering education.  

Travelling and working extensively in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, Farnsworth has been actively involved in educational development in Thailand and Vietnam.  His experiences abroad are often reflected in his writing.

An accomplished educator, Farnsworth is a retired endowed professor for education leadership and policy studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and he served 19 years as President of Crowder College in Neosho, MO.  Farnsworth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science; Master’s degrees in International Relations, Guidance and Counseling; and a doctorate in Mass Communication.

Serving on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges, Farnsworth is a past Chairman of the Missouri State Humanities Council.  He has received both the Midwest Regional and National CEO Leadership Awards from the American Association of Community College Trustees, and was the 2002 recipient of the Werner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. 

Writing as Kent Farnsworth, he also published two works of non-fiction, Grassroots School Reform and Leadership as Service.

He and his wife Holly are avid travelers, gardeners, and conservationists. They live in an eco-friendly home near the community of Neosho.

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