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Presidents of the University of Central Missouri

Sixteen Educators Comprise UCM Legacy of Leadership

With the inauguration of Roger J. Best, Ph.D., as president of the University of Central Missouri, UCM’s legacy of leadership is comprised of 16 individuals who served the institution throughout its nearly 150-year history. Each president helped guide UCM through many challenges and opportunities that contributed to a campus environment dedicated to producing well-prepared graduates who are ready to serve their communities, state, nation and beyond. They came to the university with diverse experiences and their work shaped the institution from its humble beginnings as the State Normal School for the Second Normal District to a thriving comprehensive university that today serves students from all over the world. 

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George P. Beard

1871-1872

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James Johonnot

1872-1875

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George L. Osborne

1875-1898

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George H. Howe

1898-1901

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Edwin B. Craighead

1901-1904

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James E. Ament

1904-1906

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William J. Hawkins

1906-1915

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Eldo L. Hendricks

1915-1937

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George W. Diemer

1937-1956


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Warren C. Lovinger

1956-1979

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James M. Horner

1979-1985

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Ed. M. Elliott

1985-1999

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Bobby R. Patton

1999-2005

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Aaron M. Podolefsky

2005-2010

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Charles M. Ambrose

2010-2018

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Roger J. Best

2018-Present

 

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