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Alumnus Kenneth O. Hartley Gives Back to MACC


Hartley photoMoberly Area Community College (MACC) Alumnus Kenneth Owen Hartley recently established an endowment fund bearing his name for the benefit of students at MACC who are enrolled in an Associate of Applied Science program. Hartley, a Moberly Junior College (MJC) 1961 graduate, met with MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley and staff members to discuss the establishment and guidelines for the Kenneth O. Hartley Endowment Fund. The endowment fund and initial year’s scholarship contributions total over $25,000. The endowment fund will be invested by the Moberly Area Community College Foundation, Inc. according to its endowment investment strategy.

The total amount of awards granted in a single year will be approximately $1,000. To be eligible for the Kenneth O. Hartley Scholarship, applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 hours in their degree program. A selection committee will meet annually to award scholarships.

Upon graduation from MJC, Kenneth (locally known as “Owen”) Hartley transferred to the University of Missouri and earned both a Bachelor of Science degree (1964) and Master of Science in Civil Engineering. He is a seasoned project management specialist with over fifty years of experience in the engineering and construction industry having worked on major engineering and construction projects in more than twenty countries (including living in six of them). His specialty was in the design and implementation of project management systems addressing cost, schedule, and management reporting.

He is professionally affiliated with the Project Management Institute, an international organization of over 500,000 members having served on its Board on three occasions, including being its Chair in 1984 and again in 2004. He was also instrumental in establishing the PMI Educational Foundation which promotes “Project Management for Social Good” by providing project management tools, techniques and training for both teachers and students even at the elementary school level in numerous countries around the globe. He holds PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP).

He has been a featured speaker at international Project Management conferences in London, Bejing, Abu Dhabi, Lisbon, Tel Aviv, Prague, and Brussels. Additionally, he has been an invited guest lecturer at the University of Missouri (both Columbia and Rolla), University of California (Berkeley), Stanford, Pennsylvania and Western Carolina University.

Hartley received the University of Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering in 1988. He was also a member of the initial class of inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni in Civil Engineering there in 1998.

Hartley retired from Parsons Brinkerhoff in 2014, but remains very active in volunteer activities of the Aurora Colony Historical Society where he serves on its Board of Directors and as a docent at its 1870’s National Historic Registered Farmstead. He and his wife Sandi (still working as Flight Attendant, even after 52 years of takeoffs and landings) reside on the banks of the Willamette River in Canby, Oregon.




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