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Dr. Christine Benson, a professor of mathematics and statistics, is one of eight Northwest faculty members retiring this spring. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Dr. Christine Benson, a professor of mathematics and statistics, is one of eight Northwest faculty members retiring this spring. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

March 23, 2020

Northwest announces retirements of 8 faculty members


Northwest Missouri State University has announced the retirements of eight faculty members who have dedicated a combined 222 years of service to the University.

Faculty retiring from Northwest at the conclusion of Northwest’s spring semester are listed below.

  • Christine Benson, professor of mathematics and statistics and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 23 years of service
  • Joel Benson, professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, 33 years of service
  • Terry Coalter, professor of finance in the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth School of Business, 20 years of service
  • Patty Drews, professor of geography in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, 21 years of service
  • Arley Larson, associate professor of agricultural sciences in the School of Agricultural Sciences, 33 years of service
  • Carol Spradling, professor of computer science and information systems in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, 32 years of service
  • Jody Strauch, assistant professor of mass media in the School of Communication and Mass Media, 27 years of service
  • Roger Von Holzen, associate professor of computer science and information systems in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, 33 years of service

Members of the Northwest community are encouraged to contact these faculty members and wish them well.


Media contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704