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As executive director of the Central Regional Professional Development Center at UCM, Gene Vinson provided leadership for an organization that is dedicated to maximizing student performance through high-quality professional development.
The director emeritus joined the university in 1995 as the first executive director of the Central RPDC and served through 2007. During this time, his staff went from two to 18 people and the office’s annual budget climber from $250,000 to $1.2 million as the center served the needs of educators in a 14-county region.
He takes pride in his association with an organization that established the first Teachers Academy and first Literacy Consortium. His office also helped 11 school districts gain full accreditation, and worked with more than 90 different schools and 2,500 teachers. The center helped create the Professional Development School Partnership that still exists and was a collaborative partner with public schools and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Vinson is a UCM alumnus. He studied for a career in education on this campus, earning bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees.
His professional experiences in education have included serving as an adjunct professor for Mid-American Nazarene College, Northwest Missouri State University, Baker University, and UCM. His career in public school education included serving as an elementary school teacher and high school teacher and coach in the Fort Osage School District, assistant principal and athletic director for the Pleasant Hill School District, and middle school principal for the Raymore-Peculiar School District. He also worked for the Blue Springs School District as associate high school principal, elementary school principal and middle school principal.