Reception Honors Veteran Educator
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG - 06/09/2006 - After dedicating 31 years of service to University of Central Missouri, Walt Hicklin, interim vice president for student affairs, plans to retire at the end of this month.
To honor his contributions to campus, the Division of Student Affairs invites will host a farewell reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, June 26 in Elliott Union 240. The public is invited to attend the event, which includes a special program at 4 p.m.
Came to UCM from Lee's Summit School District
After beginning his education career as a math teacher, math department head, athletic director and football head coach in the Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, Hicklin came to Central Missouri in 1975. He taught mathematics in the former Educational Development Center, served for five years as head football coach and spent one year as head track coach.
Named Assistant Vice President
In 1981, he became assistance vice president for student affairs. When Stephen Petersen, vice president for student affairs, left the post in August 2004, Hicklin was named interim vice president.
Recognized by Peers Throughout Career
Hicklin has been recognized for his many innovative retention programs, and in 1992 he received a Noel Levitz National Award for a retention program he designed and implemented. He was also recognized on campus in 2003 as the first recipient of the J.P. Mees Award. Established by the university’s Professional Council, it is a way to honor a professional staff member who consistently demonstrates an outstanding commitment to the university, the community, to professional activities and to students.
Active with American Legion Missouri Boys State
In addition to his full-time responsibilities to the university, Hicklin has devoted countless hours to the Missouri Boys State program during the past 38 years. He has served on the Boys State Board of Directors since 1991 and has directed campus programs and facilities for Missouri Boys State week.
Remained Involved in Athletics
A former Academic All-American as a football player at Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Hicklin has pursued interests in the game as a high school and college official. He has officiated several Missouri State High School Football Championships and one college football bowl game. He was named to the Athletics Hall of Fame of Missouri Valley in 2002. Since 1996, he has also served as a scout for the Canadian Football League. He currently scouts for the Toronto Argonauts and has served as a regional scout and visiting coach for the British Columbia Lions.
His community service has included serving for 12 years on the Warrensburg R-VI Board of Education, including several times as president; president of the Warrensburg Rotary Club; and president of Johnson County United Way. His contributions to these groups contributed to his selection for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award.
Hicklin is a UCM alumnus. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley in 1961, he earned two degrees at Central Missouri, a master’s in 1964 and educational specialist in 1977.