trustee john gentryJohn Gentry


John Gentry is the Director of Engineering at Positronic in Springfield. He joined the Ozarks Technical Community College Board of Trustees in 2016. Prior to his election to the OTC Board of Trustees, Mr. Gentry served as a member of the OTC Foundation Board of Directors.

Born in Long Beach, Calif. and raised in Springfield, MO, he utilized his engineering and creative skills to invent six U.S. patents and numerous international patents, many of them critical to the leadership role that Positronic plays in the electronics industry.

Mr. Gentry is an active community member and a civic-minded leader. He takes a deep interest in the educational needs of OTC students as well as the long-term well-being of the college.

In addition to his work at OTC, Mr. Gentry is currently serving on the boards of Missouri Association of Manufacturers, the UMB Bank Advisory Board and as a trustee on the Missouri Association of Manufacturers Health Source.

Mr. Gentry received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1979. He is married to Susan S. Gentry. They live in Springfield and have two adult sons, John Jr. and Benjamin.