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University News, facstaff, Board of Governors

UCM Board Adopts Plan for Dealing with Revenue Shortfall, Approves Health Care Coverage Provider during June Plenary Session

After previously adopting a multiyear budget plan to address a significant revenue shortfall, the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors has approved additional budget measures that include a staff furlough plan and a temporary one-year percentage salary reduction for faculty and president’s council members during Fiscal Year 2021.

June 22, 2020
Bruce K. Lyon and Dr. Georgi Popov
awards, facstaff, University News

UCM Faculty Member, Alumnus, Recognized for Top Safety Journal Articles

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Editorial Review Board has recognized two research articles co-written by a University of Central Missouri faculty member and a UCM alumnus among the top three best member-authored works published by “Professional Safety Journal (PSJ)” for 2019.

June 18, 2020
Dr. Matt Thomas
college of education, facstaff, University News

Thomas Becomes Chair of School of Teaching and Learning July 1

After an internal search, the College of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Matt Thomas will become the new chair for the School of Teaching and Learning. Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the role of school chair with more than 20 years of experience in the College of Education and nearly a decade of experience in K-12 teaching, administration, and consulting prior to joining UCM in 2000.

May 21, 2020
Leigh Ann Blunt
University News, facstaff, awards

Blunt Honored as ASSP's Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), an organization that represents 40,000 members across the globe, has named Leigh Ann Blunt ASSP’s 2020 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator.

April 29, 2020
Jasmine Cloud, Ph.D.
University News, awards, facstaff

Award Honors Cloud for Role as Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor

One of the pillars of engaged learning and future-focused academics at the University of Central Missouri is to provide opportunities for students to pursue meaningful research with faculty mentors. In the spirit of this goal, faculty member Jasmine Cloud, Ph.D., is being recognized this spring as the recipient of the Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award.

April 28, 2020
Randall Langston, Ph.D.
University News, facstaff

Experienced Educator Selected to Fill UCM's Lead Enrollment Management Role

A veteran college administrator who has contributed to a string of record enrollments at the Texas institution he currently serves, Randall Langston, Ph.D., has been tapped to lead the University of Central Missouri’s student recruitment efforts. He begins his new role as Executive Vice Provost for Enrollment Management on May 15.

April 16, 2020
Dawna Butterfield
awards, University News, facstaff

Butterfield Recognized with UCM's Highest Faculty Honor, the Byler Award

Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield, a University of Central Missouri faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding achievement over a long, sustained period of time, is being recognized for her hard work and dedication to UCM and its students. The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announces her selection for the 2020 Byler Distinguished Faculty Award.

April 15, 2020
KOKO Interview with President Best
facstaff, University News

President Roger Best Discusses COVID-19 Concerns in Live Interview on March 24

UCM President Roger Best met with Marion “Woody” Woods on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 for a live interview on 1450 KOKO-AM, addressing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the university.

March 24, 2020
MO ABLE at UCM
facstaff, University News

Treasurer Fitzpatrick Announces University of Central Missouri to Offer MO ABLE Payroll Deductions

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick today announced a partnership with the University of Central Missouri and the MO ABLE program. UCM will begin offering payroll deductions for MO ABLE accounts for employees on Feb. 1.

January 30, 2020
Ken Weymuth
facstaff, University News, Board of Governors

Governor Appoints Prominent Sedalia Businessman to UCM's Governing Board

Ken Weymuth, a third-generation business owner from Sedalia, has been named to the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced the appointment, which will be effective through Jan. 1, 2025, pending Missouri Senate confirmation.

January 08, 2020
Michael Sawyer, Ph.D.
CAHSS, facstaff, University News

After Serving as Interim Dean, Sawyer Now Leads CAHSS in Permanent Role

As the University of Central Missouri strives to maintain strong programs in the liberal arts, it will receive leadership from Michael Sawyer, Ph.D., as the new dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

December 05, 2019
Lisa Toms
University News, facstaff

Russellville, Ark. Educator Named Vice Provost for Academic Programs at UCM

Filling a position that is critical to student learning at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Lisa Toms, Russellville, Arkansas, has been named vice provost for Academic Programs and Services. She begins her new responsibilities at UCM on Jan. 2, 2020.

November 21, 2019
Wind Farm
awards, University News, facstaff

UCM Professor Lands Federal Grant to Train Wind Tower Construction and Maintenance Employees

A University of Central Missouri safety professor not only believes interest for electrical safety in the wind power industry will increase, but he’s obtained federal funding to help train wind tower construction and maintenance employees.

October 04, 2019
David Pearce
facstaff, University News

UCM President Appoints Pearce to New Governmental Relations Role

Embracing former Missouri Senator David Pearce’s knowledge of state government and higher education and his passion for the University of Central Missouri, UCM President Roger Best today announced Pearce’s appointment to the newly created position of Executive Director for Governmental Relations.

September 20, 2019
Susan Smedley
University News, facstaff

Marketing, Communications Leader from Texas Brings Experience to New Role as UCM VP

Following an extensive search, the University of Central Missouri announces that Susan Nelson Smedley, Baytown, Texas, is joining UCM as Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications. Smedley, whose professional career includes nearly 20 years of higher education communications experience as well as executive-level experience in private industry, begins her new role Aug. 16.

July 22, 2019
Administration Building
University News, facstaff, Board of Governors

UCM Board Adopts Plan for Dealing with Revenue Shortfall, Approves Health Care Coverage Provider during June Plenary Session

After previously adopting a multiyear budget plan to address a significant revenue shortfall, the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors has approved additional budget measures that include a staff furlough plan and a temporary one-year percentage salary reduction for faculty and president’s council members during Fiscal Year 2021.

June 22, 2020
Bruce K. Lyon and Dr. Georgi Popov
awards, facstaff, University News

UCM Faculty Member, Alumnus, Recognized for Top Safety Journal Articles

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Editorial Review Board has recognized two research articles co-written by a University of Central Missouri faculty member and a UCM alumnus among the top three best member-authored works published by “Professional Safety Journal (PSJ)” for 2019.

June 18, 2020
Dr. Matt Thomas
college of education, facstaff, University News

Thomas Becomes Chair of School of Teaching and Learning July 1

After an internal search, the College of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Matt Thomas will become the new chair for the School of Teaching and Learning. Thomas brings a wealth of experience to the role of school chair with more than 20 years of experience in the College of Education and nearly a decade of experience in K-12 teaching, administration, and consulting prior to joining UCM in 2000.

May 21, 2020
Leigh Ann Blunt
University News, facstaff, awards

Blunt Honored as ASSP's Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator

The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), an organization that represents 40,000 members across the globe, has named Leigh Ann Blunt ASSP’s 2020 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator.

April 29, 2020
Jasmine Cloud, Ph.D.
University News, awards, facstaff

Award Honors Cloud for Role as Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor

One of the pillars of engaged learning and future-focused academics at the University of Central Missouri is to provide opportunities for students to pursue meaningful research with faculty mentors. In the spirit of this goal, faculty member Jasmine Cloud, Ph.D., is being recognized this spring as the recipient of the Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award.

April 28, 2020
Randall Langston, Ph.D.
University News, facstaff

Experienced Educator Selected to Fill UCM's Lead Enrollment Management Role

A veteran college administrator who has contributed to a string of record enrollments at the Texas institution he currently serves, Randall Langston, Ph.D., has been tapped to lead the University of Central Missouri’s student recruitment efforts. He begins his new role as Executive Vice Provost for Enrollment Management on May 15.

April 16, 2020
Dawna Butterfield
awards, University News, facstaff

Butterfield Recognized with UCM's Highest Faculty Honor, the Byler Award

Dawna Lisa (Buchanan) Butterfield, a University of Central Missouri faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding achievement over a long, sustained period of time, is being recognized for her hard work and dedication to UCM and its students. The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announces her selection for the 2020 Byler Distinguished Faculty Award.

April 15, 2020
KOKO Interview with President Best
facstaff, University News

President Roger Best Discusses COVID-19 Concerns in Live Interview on March 24

UCM President Roger Best met with Marion “Woody” Woods on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 for a live interview on 1450 KOKO-AM, addressing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the university.

March 24, 2020
MO ABLE at UCM
facstaff, University News

Treasurer Fitzpatrick Announces University of Central Missouri to Offer MO ABLE Payroll Deductions

Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick today announced a partnership with the University of Central Missouri and the MO ABLE program. UCM will begin offering payroll deductions for MO ABLE accounts for employees on Feb. 1.

January 30, 2020
Ken Weymuth
facstaff, University News, Board of Governors

Governor Appoints Prominent Sedalia Businessman to UCM's Governing Board

Ken Weymuth, a third-generation business owner from Sedalia, has been named to the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced the appointment, which will be effective through Jan. 1, 2025, pending Missouri Senate confirmation.

January 08, 2020
Michael Sawyer, Ph.D.
CAHSS, facstaff, University News

After Serving as Interim Dean, Sawyer Now Leads CAHSS in Permanent Role

As the University of Central Missouri strives to maintain strong programs in the liberal arts, it will receive leadership from Michael Sawyer, Ph.D., as the new dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

December 05, 2019
Lisa Toms
University News, facstaff

Russellville, Ark. Educator Named Vice Provost for Academic Programs at UCM

Filling a position that is critical to student learning at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Lisa Toms, Russellville, Arkansas, has been named vice provost for Academic Programs and Services. She begins her new responsibilities at UCM on Jan. 2, 2020.

November 21, 2019
Wind Farm
awards, University News, facstaff

UCM Professor Lands Federal Grant to Train Wind Tower Construction and Maintenance Employees

A University of Central Missouri safety professor not only believes interest for electrical safety in the wind power industry will increase, but he’s obtained federal funding to help train wind tower construction and maintenance employees.

October 04, 2019
David Pearce
facstaff, University News

UCM President Appoints Pearce to New Governmental Relations Role

Embracing former Missouri Senator David Pearce’s knowledge of state government and higher education and his passion for the University of Central Missouri, UCM President Roger Best today announced Pearce’s appointment to the newly created position of Executive Director for Governmental Relations.

September 20, 2019
Susan Smedley
University News, facstaff

Marketing, Communications Leader from Texas Brings Experience to New Role as UCM VP

Following an extensive search, the University of Central Missouri announces that Susan Nelson Smedley, Baytown, Texas, is joining UCM as Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications. Smedley, whose professional career includes nearly 20 years of higher education communications experience as well as executive-level experience in private industry, begins her new role Aug. 16.

July 22, 2019

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