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WARRENSBURG - 4/14/2006 - In recognition of his years of service to University of Central Missouri and the communities of Sedalia and Warrensburg, James A. Piatt has been named the recipient of UCM's J.P. Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff.
James A. Piatt
Piatt received the award at the annual Professional Staff Appreciation Luncheon Wednesday, April 19, in the Elliott Union ballroom. The award is presented to a member of UCM's professional staff who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to UCM, the community, professional activities and service to students.
Longtime UCM Employee
Piatt joined the UCM professional staff in 1984 as a system programmer. He has served the university as manager of systems programming and assistant director of computing support services. Following his retirement from full-time employment, Piatt continues to serve the university on a part-time basis as student success coordinator for the College of Applied Sciences and Technology.
Career in Education and Information Systems
Piatt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973 and a master's degree in college student personnel administration in 1993, both from UCM. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was a mathematics teacher at Sedalia Middle School prior to joining Sedalia Computer Services as a programmer and analyst. He then served in the same role for the Missouri Department of Conservation before joining Broderick and Bascom Rope Company in Sedalia as systems programmer.
Served on Variety of University Committees
While at UCM, Piatt has served as a member and president of the Professional Staff Council and a member of the University Union Design and Development Task Force and Advisory Board. He also served on the James C. Kirkpatrick Library Steering Committee, the Provost Search Committee, and committees concerned with employee health care, Distinguished Scholar selection and the Student Retention Task Force.
In Warrensburg, Piatt is a 1990 graduate of Johnson County CLIMB, and served as the 1990-91 chairman of the Johnson County United Way annual campaign. In Sedalia, Piatt is active as a member and past president of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Council. He served on the community advisory board for State Fair Community College’s data processing program, and he participated for five years with the State Fair Statesmen, singing baritone.
Award Named for the Late J. P. Mees
The award is named for the late J.P. Mees, who served UCM as executive assistant to the university president and later provost and vice president for academic affairs from 1988 until his untimely death in 2000.