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2011 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient — Mike Webb

Chuck Ambrose and Mike Webb
UCM President Chuck Ambrose, left, presents Mike Webb with the 2011 UCM Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award.


Mike Webb is an inventor and international business executive and entrepreneur. He received his bachelor's degree in economics and earned two minors in chemistry and biology from UCM in 1967.

Webb manages domestic and international businesses specializing in petroleum, real estate and intellectual property. In 1987, he formed an energy company, U-Fuel, to provide self-service fuel at airports and for the general public.

Some of his international businesses are in Mongolia, Mexico, China, Africa and Australia. In China, he created the Webb School to teach English to Chinese children. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Webb has played a significant role in the life of Central Missouri, helping to establish the UCM Foundation in 1979 and serving as its first president.

Webb recalls many professors and experiences at UCM that have influenced his life and in many instances, pushed him into new directions, such as Dr. Lee who opened his eyes to China and international economics. "Little did I know that the knowledge gained from classes in micro and macroeconomics, business law and money and banking would be key to my future," says the alumnus who started out to become a dentist."It has been a great journey, starting at UCM, and it is not over."