Hicklin Returns to UCM as Board Member
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 06/20/2007- Before he retired in 2006 as vice president emeritus of Student Affairs, Walt Hicklin dedicated 31 years of his life to the University of Central Missouri. Following an appointment by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt, he will soon return to UCM as a member of the Board of Governors.
Although his appointment is still pending confirmation by the Missouri Senate, the governor has named Hicklin to fill a seat currently held by Delores Hudson, Warrensburg, whose term has expired. He will serve a term that ends Jan. 1, 2013.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to be of value to the University of Central Missouri," Hicklin said. "The university, with its new leadership, and with the president's vision, can make great strides and I hope to be a part of it."
Extensive Administrative Background
Hicklin brings to his post experience that includes 12 years on the Warrensburg R-VI School District Board of Education, where he served as board president and held other leadership posts. The UCM alumnus and emeriti administrator earned an education specialist degree in higher education administration in 1982, and was awarded a master's degree in mathematics from Central Missouri in 1964. He also studied at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
Before retiring, Hicklin served for two years as vice president of Student Affairs at UCM, and was assistant vice president of that office for nearly 16 years. Other university positions include serving as a mathematics professor and assistant to the vice president of student affairs, 1980-1988, and head football coach and mathematics instructor in the Educational Development Center (now Department of Academic Enrichment), 1975-1980.
A Lifetime of Volunteer Service
While serving the university, Hicklin also devoted countless hours for four decades as a member of the American Legion Boys State of Missouri program, including membership on its board of directors and as dean of administration. He was director of campus programs and facilities for Missouri Boys State week each June at UCM.
Honors and Awards
His numerous honors over the years include being named to the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame, UCM J.P. Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff, and the Noel/Levitz National Retention Excellence Award, an honor recognizing work done in elevating retention rates through innovative programs.