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State of the University 2020
State of the University

Watch the 2020 State of the University Address

Hear President Best's complete remarks at his third State of the University address, presented on Aug. 27, 2020 in the renovated Elliott Student Union.

June 16, 2020
President Best at KOKO

President Best Discusses the Fall '20 Semester on 1450 KOKO-AM

UCM President Roger Best met with Marion “Woody” Woods on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 for a live interview on 1450 KOKO-AM, discussing the upcoming Fall 2020 semester. President Best provided information regarding updates to the university budget, COVID-19 procedures on campus and the effect of the pandemic on the university. For the latest updates on UCM's COVID-19 procedures and protocols, visit

June 16, 2020
Presidential Forum title screen

Presidential Forum Fall 2020 Outlook

As preparations are underway for the fall 2020 semester at the University of Central Missouri, President Roger Best will conduct a virtual forum for students and their parents to learn more about the university’s plans for launching the 2020/2021 academic year.

June 11, 2020
UCM Quad

Statement Regarding Recent Events

As have you, I have followed the news regarding the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, including here in Warrensburg, intended to bring awareness to the circumstances surrounding his killing, and, in the much broader context, the systemic mistreatment of so many others. I am deeply saddened that I continue to find that one's race/ethnicity determines how one is fundamentally treated. We have achieved so much, yet we continue to struggle with the most basic constructs of the inherent dignity and equality of all individuals. I have heard from our own colleagues, just within the last few years, of disparate treatment they have received while representing UCM, with no explanation for this disparity other than what was directly observable--the person's race/ethnicity. Continued ->

June 02, 2020
Administration Building

Message from the President to the Campus Community

It has been a challenging time for all of us. Thank you for your extraordinary efforts to ensure the mission of UCM has been carried out. And while we still have much work to do, I have tremendous confidence in our ability to continue to provide the exceptional education and extraordinary service for which we are known because of you.

May 01, 2020
President Roger Best
University News, events

UCM President Best Presents State of University Address Aug. 29

Roger Best, president of the University of Central Missouri, will present the 2019 State of the University Address from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the James L. Highlander Theatre.

August 27, 2019


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