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Board Of Governors

UCM's Board of Governors is composed of eight members, all from the state of Missouri. Seven of the board members have voting privileges; the eighth is a student representative and does not.

John A. Collier, Board President

John A. Collier was named to the Board of Governors in January 2013, and currently serves as board president. He has worked for State Farm Insurance since 1987, holding positions that include claim supervisor, claim superintendent, and his current position of claim team manager since 1997. In this capacity, he has oversight of complex claims and litigation matters involving the company and its policyholders.

Collier earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations degree from the University of Central Missouri in 1986. His strong commitment to civic duty and community service has resulted in him serving 12 years on the city of Weston's Board of Aldermen; involvement in such groups as Weston's Missouri Economic Development Committee; the city's Planning and Zoning Board; and his current position as president of the West Platte R-II School Board. Additionally, he has been active in the Mid-Continent Sports Association and has held a number of positions within Boy Scouts of America.

Colliers term expires Jan. 1, 2019.

John A. Collier

Gus S. Wetzel, II, M.D.


Gus S. Wetzel, II, M.D. was appointed to the Board of Governors in November 2011, and served as Board President from 2016-2018.  He is well known throughout the Clinton area for his work in the medical field as well as his strong record of community involvement. Wetzel served as mayor from 1994-2010, and spent six years on the Clinton School Board, including two years as president. His service to the community includes 40 years of membership in the Clinton Rotary Club, and serving as a trustee and holding leadership positions in the United Methodist Church and St. Paul School of Theology boards. He also served for three years on the National School Boards Federation in Washington, D.C., an appointment by former Congressman Ike Skelton.

Wetzel has served as a board-certified general surgeon at Golden Valley Medical Clinic and Golden Valley Medical Center, with a medical practice in Clinton since 1972. He has been involved in the business community, serving since 1999 as a director on the Hawthorn Bank board. His business experiences include board chair of Union State Bancshares and president of Meadow Lake Properties, Inc., and member of the Health Midwest Ventures board.

Before following in his father’s footsteps to become a Clinton physician and surgeon, Wetzel earned a bachelor's degree from Westminster College in Fulton in 1963, and his M.D. from Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, La., in 1967, where he also completed his surgical residency training in 1972.

Wetzel completed a first term Jan. 1, 2017, and was appointed to a second term that expires Jan. 21, 2023.

Gus S. Wetzel, II, M.D.


Mary Dandurand, Board Secretary

Mary Dandurand was named to the Board of Governors in November 2009 and currently serves as board secretary. Dandurand earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in clothing and textiles at the University of Central Missouri in 1978. She served the university community from 1993-1995 as coordinator of Student Volunteer Programs, where her accomplishments included involving students, faculty, and staff in Habitat for Humanity projects and initiating a student volunteer organization. She also served as assistant director of the Self-Instruction Center/Computer Lab from 1980-1986, where she provided support to faculty and students in media presentations and computer lab work.

She retired from her employment as rental property manager in the Warrensburg community for JEDRO Properties – The Tiehen Group where she worked from 2004- 2016. She was previously involved in the local residential real estate market from 2001-2004 as a licensed real estate agent with DeLozier Realty Company/Key Realty Company. 

Dandurand completed a first term Dec. 31, 2015, and was reappointed for a second term that expires Dec. 31, 2021.

Mary Dandurand


Marvin E. "Bunky" Wright

Marvin E. "Bunky" Wright was named to the Board of Governors in November 2009 and currently serves as board vice president. He has an extensive background in higher education having served as general counsel for the University of Missouri System from 1998-2008, and as legal counsel for the MU System from 1967-1979. Wright also served as legal counsel for Stephens College, Columbia College, and Westminster College while in private practice. He previously served as a consultant to the UCM Board of Governors and president, and as interim general counsel for several months during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Wright graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1964, and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from MU in 1958.  He served as an officer in United States Air Force from 1958-1961.  Wright returned to private practice upon retiring from the General Counsel position at the University of Missouri System in April 2008, and has been in private practice since then. His experience in the legal profession includes associate in the firm of Finch, Finch, Knehans and Cochran in Cape Girardeau, Missouri from 1964-1967; and partner in the firm of Knight, Ford, Wright, Atwill, Parshall Baker, LLC in Columbia, Missouri from 1979-1998. He is past president of the Missouri Bar Association and past president of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, which named Wright an honorary life member in 2008. He is currently serving a second term on the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority Board.  In 2016, the University of Missouri presented Wright the Faculty-Alumni Award.

Wright has served as President of UCM’s Board of Governors during his two terms.  Completing a first term Dec. 31, 2015, he was reappointed for a second term that expires Dec. 31, 2021.

Marvin E. "Bunky" Wright


Walter Hicklin

Walter “Walt” Hicklin was named to the Board of Governors in June 2007.   He retired in 2006 as vice president emeritus of student affairs at the University of Central Missouri after having served the university for 31 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics degree from Missouri Valley College, a Master of Science in Mathematics from UCM, and an Education Specialist in Higher Education Administration degree from UCM.

He has served as president of the Johnson County United Way, Warrensburg Rotary Club, and Warrensburg R-VI School Board.  Hicklin also serves as a deacon and elder for First Presbyterian Church and previously sat on the Central Missouri Community Credit Union Board of Directors.  Of special note is his 37 years of service on the American Legion Missouri Boys State Board of Directors.

Hicklin’s term expired Jan. 1, 2013, however, he continues to serve until a replacement is appointed by Missouri’s Governor.

Walter "Walt" Hicklin


Mary Long


Mary A. Long was appointed to the Board of Governors in May 2009. Her career in public education began in 1968 as teacher, coordinator and director. She later became Dean of Instruction & Student Services for the Metropolitan Community Colleges in 1983 and served until 1986 when she became Assistant Principal, and later, Principal for the Kansas City Missouri School District from which she retired in 2007. Following retirement, Long established a consultant group specializing in providing expert assistance in the areas of leadership and team development, and management training to aspiring and current administrators.  She currently co-chairs Friendship Baptist Church’s Adopt-A-School Ministry, which provides mentoring, tutoring, career awareness and other services to students at Melcher Elementary School.

Throughout Long’s professional career, she has received recognition for her work in education and involvement in civic and public service activities. This includes the National Association of Counties Training Award; the Chancellor’s Commendation for Assessment of Business and Industry Needs; recognition from past U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Millard Fuller for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.’s Habitat for Humanity home build in eight states; and acknowledgement for work in her church.

Long is a past board member of the YWCA, United Way, Women’s Chamber, and NAACP. Her professional affiliations include several community organizations, including chartering the Greater Kansas City Societas Docta, Inc., an affiliate with a national networking and mentoring organization for diverse women working toward their doctoral degree.  

Long received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Alcorn A&M University, a Master of Science degree in Vocational Business Education from Mississippi State University, a Specialist degree in Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a Doctoral Degree in Career, Technical, from NOVA University.

Although her initial appointment expired on January 1, 2011, Long continued to serve until her reappointment in January 2016, which expired January 1, 2017.  She was once again reappointed by Missouri’s Governor with a term expiration of Jan. 1, 2023.

Mary A. Long

Stephen Abney


Stephen L. Abney was appointed to the Board July 2018. A well-known local businessman, Abney is Chairman, President and CEO of Central Bank of Warrensburg (1984 – present), and President and Board member of Warrensburg Bancshares, Inc. (1987 -- present). He previously served as President, CEO and Board member for Bosworth State Bank. Abney studied at UCM and graduated from the Mid-South School of Banking and the Trust School of Banking.

Active in the Warrensburg and UCM community, Abney is a member and former Board member of both the Missouri Bankers Association and the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce; member and former Finance Committee Chair for First United Methodist Church; member and a Paul Harris Fellow of Warrensburg Rotary Club; and Board member emeritus of the Warrensburg R-VI Educational Foundation. A member of Central Technology Services, Inc.’s Board since 2008 and a member of UCM’s Athletic Committee since 2001, Abney continues to serve on both today. Abney’s term expires Jan. 1, 2024.

Steven Abney

Casey Short

Casey J. Short was appointed to the Board July 2018 as Student Governor.  She is a junior at UCM majoring in criminal justice with a goal to work for a federal agency such as the FBI or CIA.  While at UCM, Short is currently a member of the Honors College and Young Americans for Freedom and has also participated in Lambda Alpha Epsilon criminal justice fraternity.  Short’s term expires Dec. 31, 2019.  Casey Short




Monica Huffman
Exec. Assist. to the President & Assistant Board Secretary
Administration 201
Tel: (660) 543 - 4106


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