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UCM Foundation

Smiser Alumni Center
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.8000
Toll Free: 866.752.7257


Meet James Claiborne

John Ferguson of Colorado Springs, Colo., is president and CEO of Strategic Financial Partners, the largest insurance, investment and retirement marketing organization in southern Colorado. He graduated from UCM with a BSBA in marketing in 1982.

He has been involved in the financial services industry as an adviser, senior adviser, managing partner and firm founder. He began his career in 1985 and has more than 27 years of financial industry experience. He has served on several boards over the years including the American Cancer Society, Independence Regional Health Center, Better Business Bureau of the Pikes Peak Region and the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation.

Recent Gifts Helping UCM Students

  • $20,000 for social work senior scholarship
  • $11,054 for Mules Golf
  • $14,762 to KMOS
  • $450,000 charitable gift annuity to benefit art department
  • $15,275 in-kind gift for art department
  • $10,000 for Mules Baseball
  • $10,701 for GA Athletic Training
  • $12,000 to Wrestling Practice Room Construction
  • $33,300 to female agriculture scholarship