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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 22, 2013) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has named John Allen Collier, a Republican and University of Central Missouri alumnus from Weston, to the UCM Board of Governors.
Collier’s appointment fills a seat that has been held by Edward L. Baker, Columbia, whose term has expired. Pending confirmation from the Missouri Senate, the new board member will serve through Jan. 1, 2019.
In a personal statement about his desire to serve UCM, Collier noted that his mission as a board member will be “to expand on the previous achievements and triumphs of the institution, while looking toward the future for original and inventive ideas that will help continue to lead the university in a progressive and positive direction.”
Collier graduated from UCM in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. He has worked for State Farm Insurance since 1987, holding positions that include claim supervisor, claim superintendent, and currently claim team manager, a job he began in 1997. His vast duties include oversight for every facet of complex claims and litigation matters that involve the company and its policyholders.
Believing in the importance of civic duty and community service, the longtime Weston resident currently serves as president of the West Platte R-II School Board. He served for 12 years on the city’s Board of Aldermen, and has been involved in groups such as the Weston Missouri Economic Development Committee and the community’s Planning and Zoning Board. He also has been active in the Mid-Continent Sports Association, which previously named him Coach of the Year, and has held many positions within Boy Scouts of America that earned him special awards in addition to his Eagle Scout status.
Collier and his wife, Kimberly, are the parents of five children.