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Professor Emeritus of Agriculture Fred Worman has retired from Central Missouri with accomplishments that include nearly 16 years of sharing his expertise in agriculture and leadership with students, faculty and community members.
Woman joined the Department of Agriculture at UCM in 1992 as an assistant professor. Through hard work and dedication he became a full professor of agriculture in 1998. He also served as the chair of the Department of Agriculture and the graduate program coordinator for the former College of Applied Sciences and Technology. Many new agriculture-related improvements took place during his tenure, including development of an outdoor shooting range and conservation education facility at the Prussing Farm, east of Warrensburg.
Worman was involved in higher education prior to coming to UCM. He served as assistant professor and associate agricultural economist at Kansas State University.
During his tenure at UCM, he was active in the Missouri Academy of Science. He served as chair of the Agriculture, Entomology and Herpetology section and as treasurer of the organization. His work is credited with maintaining financial stability for MAS during a period of declining membership with only minimal adjustments in fees. He was named one of six MAS Fellows in April 2004 during the organization’s annual meeting. The award, recognizing his commitment and service to the academy and field of agriculture, was a highlight of his 23 year career.
Worman earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Macalester College in 1964 and his master’s degree in political science from Northwestern University in 1965. He received his master’s degree in agriculture economics in 1976 from New Mexico State University and his doctorate in agriculture economics from Kansas State University in 1985.