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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 4, 2007) – As UCM ’s Performing Arts Series enters a new phase in its growth and development, Warrensburg resident Jeff Imboden will take the reins as the new director of the cultural arts and entertainment program.
Gersham Nelson, dean of the UCM College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, recently announced Imboden’s appointment to the post. Imboden succeeds Michelle Schubert, who has been named development officer for the UCM College of Education. Imboden’s appointment follows the recent announcement of the transfer of the Performing Arts Series from the university’s Division of Advancement to the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
After studying music and theatre at UCM, Imboden worked as an insurance agent from 1988 to 1992 prior to serving as a district manager from 1993 to 2002. He owned and operated Jaggy’s Supper Club in Warrensburg, and was managing vice president of Wine 101 in Warrensburg. He is perhaps best know locally as radio personality Jaggy Jeff on local radio stations KOKO-AM and The BAR-FM, where he also served as marketing director.
While a student at UCM, Imboden was involved with live performance as director of the university’s student performance group, The One and Only Singers. He continues to perform live in a variety of venues, including appearances with the UCM Alumni Band and the Warrensburg Community Band.
According to Nelson, Imboden brings a diverse background in business management, broadcasting and entertainment to the post, along with a strong relationship with the area business community.
“Jeff is a perfect fit for the Performing Arts Series,” Nelson said. “The program has grown over the years through the hard work and expertise of previous managers, and as we look toward expanding the mission of the Performing Arts Series to integrate academic programs, we feel Jeff’s varied background will allow us to continue that growth.”
Imboden explained that the current 2007-2008 PAS season will continue unchanged, with the PAS ticket office remaining in Humphreys 403 and tickets for upcoming spring 2008 performances still available by calling 660-543-8607, or online at www.ucmo.edu/pas.
“I’m excited to be involved in this transitional period for the Performing Arts Series,” Imboden said. “Michelle Schubert and her staff have done an excellent job of developing the Performing Arts Series into a primary educational and cultural venue for the campus and surrounding communities. I’m looking forward to being a part of the continued success of the program.”