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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 6, 2011) – Chuck Ambrose, president of the University of Central Missouri, is the host of “Central Missouri Tomorrow,” which debuts at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 20, on KMOS-TV, UCM’s public broadcasting station.
The program takes a look at the Show-Me state through the eyes of those who shape the vision and future of the state. In one-on-one interviews, “Central Missouri Tomorrow” will introduce viewers to Missourians from the public and private sectors who have stories to share and insights into the potential for the future of the state.
Brig. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, left, and Missouri Sen. David Pearce, right, are guests of Chuck Ambrose, center, president of the University of Central Missouri, on “Central Missouri Tomorrow,” which debuts Oct. 14 on KMOS-TV.
Guests for the inaugural program are Brig. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, and Missouri Sen. David Pearce of Warrensburg. Pearce and Vander Hamm will talk with Ambrose about the importance of access to higher education, specifically as it relates to the challenges faced by today’s servicemen and women.
Vander Hamm is responsible for the combat readiness of the U.S. Air Force’s only B-2 wing. His responsibilities include development and employment of the B-2’s combat capability as part of the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Task Force. His command provides logistics support for the Air Force Reserve 442nd Fighter Wing; Missouri Air National Guard 131st Bomb Wing; Missouri Army National Guard 1st Battalion, 135th Aviation Unit; and the Navy Reserve Maritime Expeditionary Security Division 13. Vander Hamm received his commission through Officer Training School in 1986.
His background includes both flying and staff assignments, and command at the squadron, group and wing levels. Vander Hamm is a command pilot with more than 4,300 hours in the T-37, T-38, B-1, B-2 and B-52.
Pearce, a Republican, represents the 31st District in the Missouri Senate, which includes Johnson, Cass, Bates and Vernon counties. He was elected in November 2008 after serving three, two-year terms in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Pearce serves as chairman of the Senate Education Committee, chairman of the Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee and vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Education. Pearce was appointed to serve on the Missouri Veterans Commission in August 2009. He was also reappointed to the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in September 2010, and was honored to serve again as an Executive Committee member.
Ambrose assumed the presidency of the University of Central Missouri in 2010, bringing to the post a commitment to service learning and a focus on student success and community involvement.
During his first year at UCM, he has led, along with leadership from a cross-section of the campus community, successful academic and administrative reorganizations in response to the current economic climate for higher education. The result is increased efficiency in the use of available resources, while continuing to improve the overall college experience of the UCM student.
A strong advocate of servant leadership, Ambrose and his wife, Kris, a former golf professional, put a national spotlight on breast cancer research with the Ride for the Ribbon. The 1,000-mile bike ride and campaign raised awareness and more than $200,000 for breast cancer research and education.