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Curtis Receives Honorary Doctorate from Alma Mater, MacMurray College

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 12, 2015) – Deborah Curtis, Ph.D., provost and chief learning officer at the University of Central Missouri, received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from her alma mater, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Ill., during spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 9.

Deborah Curtis
Dr. Deborah Curtis

Curtis was selected for the honor in recognition of her successes in enriching the experiences of countless students and teachers during her nearly 40-year career in education.

“I am truly humbled by this recognition.” Curtis said.“MacMurray College was an important foundational part of my higher education experience.I am honored to have had the opportunity to speak to their graduates and share a bit of what this means to me.”

Curtis received a bachelor’s degree in music education from MacMurray in 1972 and embarked on a career in education as a classroom teacher, coach, professor, dean and provost in secondary and higher education in Illinois and Missouri. She received a master’s degree in music education from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. degree in curriculum and instruction from Indiana State University in 1986.

Following a career as a music educator and coach in public schools in Illinois and Indiana, she joined the faculty of the College of Education at Illinois State University in 1986. After rising through the academic ranks to professor, she was named director of clinical experiences and certification processes in the Teacher Education Center in 2001 and dean of the College of Education in 2006.

Curtis was named provost and chief learning officer at UCM in 2012 following a nationwide search. She is responsible for academic programs and support services including the four academic colleges, the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, The Honors College, Graduate and Extended Studies, Enrollment Management, Student Experience and Engagement, Technology Services, and Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. She leads and manages strategic planning, resource allocation and fiscal affairs for academic affairs and serves on the Strategic Leadership Team.

Curtis and her husband, Lynn, a retired education administrator and coach, are residents of Warrensburg.