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UCM’s Richard Herman Named to “Icons of Education” List by "Ingram’s"

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 20, 2015) – Richard Herman, chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri, recently was named one of nine “Icons of Education” in Kansas and Missouri by Ingram’s magazine.

Dr. Richard Herman
Dr. Richard Herman

The Kansas City-based, monthly business publication made the announcement in its February 2015 issue. Herman was featured with higher education administrators from the University of Missouri, Kansas State University, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Washington University, Park University, Truman State University, Fort Hays State University, University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“I was very honored to be included as an ‘Icon of Education’ in ‘Ingram’s,’ ” Herman said. “It’s certainly an honor to be included with other such outstanding educators. But I want to acknowledge that any success I’ve had as an educator has been a collaborative effort. This recognition is a result of the work and dedication of a generation of students, faculty and administrators who have allowed me to succeed in my career at UCM.”

The article outlines Herman’s background, growing upon on a farm in Kansas with a family that made sure he had a college education. Gifted teachers in high school in Garden City, Kan., inspired him toward a career in education, and his original plan to teach history changed when he discovered his love for theatre.

Herman earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and drama from Marymount College in Kansas. He then received a master’s degree from UCM and a Ph.D. from the Texas Tech. He began his teaching career at the secondary level, then taught at the college level prior to returning to UCM in 1987. He was named chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance in 2001.

At UCM, Herman was named the Meridith Harmon Sauer Distinguished Professor of Theatre and the recipient of the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award, the university’s highest faculty recognition. He also is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion. During his tenure, the department curriculum was expanded to include dance, and UCM students have consistently earned recognition and the regional and national levels in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival.