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A testament to the example he set as a CMSU administrator, Walt Hicklin in 2003 became the first recipient of the Professional Staff Council’s John Paul Mees Award. After 31 years of service, he is now focusing his attention from administrative matters to fishing, grandchildren, and scouting for Canadian professional football teams.
A former Academic All-American football player at Missouri Valley College is Marshall, the vice president emeritus for student affairs began his education career in the Lee’s Summit School District. He came to CMSU in 1975 and taught mathematics in the former Educational Development Center, served for five years as head football coach, and spend one year as head track coach. In 1981, he became assistant vice president for student affairs, and in 2004 was named interim vice president for student affairs.
Hicklin has been recognized for his many innovative retention programs, and in 1992 received the Noel Levitz National Award for a retention program he designed and implemented.
In addition to his full-time responsibilities at the university, Hicklin devoted countless hours to the Missouri Boys State program over four decades. He became a member of the Boys State Board of Directors in 1991 and was the university’s director of campus programs and facilities for Missouri Boys State Week each June.
Hicklin is known for his contributions to Missouri athletics, and in 2002 Missouri Valley named him to its Athletics Hall of Fame. He earned his bachelor’s degree at that institution, and went on to receive his master’s and education specialist degrees from CMSU.