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Larry Womble takes pride in being part of a department that is preparing graduates to help make the world a safer place to live and work. He retired this summer as professor emeritus of safety after serving the university and its student for 15 years.
Prior to leaving his post in June, Womble was serving as the interim chair of the Department of Safety Sciences. In that capacity, he was instrumental n providing leadership for a department which produces graduate that are in high demand by industry. Most recently, he had a role in helping the department receive a $196,000 multiple-year gift from Columbia-based Missouri Employers Mutual to create a full-tuition scholarship for a safety sciences graduate. It will also expand, renovate and equip the department’s key academic lab, and provide an annual maintenance fun for its upkeep. Such gifts are testimony to the types of relationships he and his department established with business and industry, many of which had hired UCM graduates.
Womble is one of the many graduates of UCM’s safety program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in safety from the university and a master’s degree in safety management. He has more than 34 years of experience in safety supervision, management and engineering.
In the classroom, Womble taught courses such as Accident Investigation, Safety Risk Analysis, Legal Aspects of Safety and Workers’ Compensation. He also served as program coordinator for the Bachelor of Science degree in occupational safety and health and was the graduate adviser for the Master of Science degree in occupational safety management.