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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 25, 2009) - Through a nomination and election process, the UCM Foundation Board of Directors has named four new directors-at-large to help lead the institution’s private fundraising efforts.
The new board members were selected during the group’s annual meeting in October. The new directors-at-large are Raymond W. Burton, Warrensburg; Linnette McClure Garber, Laguna Niguel, CA; Randall H. Harbert, Calabasas, CA; and Greg Hoffman, Nevada, MO. Each will serve a three-year term.
“These new board members bring a wealth of experience from different backgrounds to an organization that is very important to the University of Central Missouri, particularly in these challenging financial times,” said Joe Kremer, university director and chief development officer, who also serves as executive director of the foundation. “They are all UCM graduates who know and understand this campus, and we look forward to their input as we pursue opportunities that will benefit the campus community and its students.”
Raymond W. Burton
Burton, received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UCM in 1978, and went on to graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1982 with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. After his graduation, Burton practiced dentistry in Warrensburg for 21 years, and sold his dental practice in 2003. He now owns and operates C&R Rentals, also in Warrensburg. In addition to working with the local Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, he volunteers with Johnson County Health Services, where he initiated a dental clinic for the underprivileged.
Linnette McClure Garber
Garber graduated from Central Missouri in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics in business with an emphasis in textiles and clothing. She earned a law degree from Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C., in 1984, and passed the bar exam in both Maryland and Washington, D.C. She became a partner in the law firm of Kaslow & Chernikoff in 1991, and while in Washington, served on the Board of Directors for the National Capital Presbytery. She moved to California in 2001, where she is active in her church and community.
Randall H. Harbert
After earning a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts from UCM in 1985, Harbert graduated from Webster University in 1988 with a master’s degree, followed by completion of the General Management program at Harvard Business School in 2001. He joined State Farm Insurance as an agent in 1992, and advanced within the organization to agency field consultant in Kansas City, regional assistant in the Oklahoma-Kansas Regional Executive Office, and agency field executive in Chicago. He became president and CEO of the State Farm General Insurance Company in 2008. In addition to serving on education boards, he is a member of the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
A 1981 graduate of UCM with a Bachelor of Science degree, Hoffman also earned a master’s degree at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and attended the Wealth Management Specialist program at Kaplan University. He operates Hoffman Financial Resources in Nevada, manages a team that specializes in wealth management, retirement planning, and helping people work toward their financial goals. He is an LPL Financial Advisor, and a member of LPL Financial’s Chairman’s Club, a status reserved only for the top 4 percent of LPL’s 11,000 advisors. He is a member of the PEAK Quest for Excellence, a consulting organization for top wealth advisors.