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Media Resources

Welcome to the University of Central Missouri

UCM's Integrated Marketing and Communications staff is available to answer media questions, present an overview of our campus community, identify subject-matter experts on our faculty, provide photos/video footage and work with you on articles related to higher education. Please contact Jeff Murphy at 660-543-4640, or

Media Contact


Jeff Murphy

Assistant Director for Media Relations
Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications


Campus B-Roll Video Footage

UCM campus B-Roll footage comprises a variety of campus views and activies. For more videos visit the university YouTube channel at

Campus Photos

A variety of campus photographs are available for use. Visit our image library to find anything from historic photos, to current campus photos.

Recent Media Requests

UCM Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

University Information

About UCM

The University of Central Missouri transforms students into lifelong learners, dedicated to service, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed and lead in the region, state, nation and world. Our 150-acre main campus is located in Warrensburg, with our extended campus, UCM-Lee’s Summit, located at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit, Mo. UCM offers 150 programs of baccalaureate and master’s degree study with outstanding, experienced faculty, and opportunity for study around the world.

Our President

Roger Best, Ph.D. was appointed President of the University of Central Missouri, effective Nov. 5, 2018. Known for his strong business acumen, leadership ability and commitment to students, Best joined UCM in August 1995 as an assistant professor of finance, and climbed the faculty ranks to become a professor in 2005. He was named Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance in 2003; Associate Dean of the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies in 2008; and college dean in 2010. Former President Chuck Ambrose named Best Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration in August 2017, and he was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer following administrative restructuring in January 2018.


Founded in 1871 as a state normal school charged to train teachers, UCM has grown into a comprehensive state university with a diverse population of students. Throughout its evolution as Central Missouri State Teachers College, Central Missouri State College and Central Missouri State University, UCM has responded to the needs of modern society by providing graduates who are prepared in a variety of fields to become productive members of society.

Learning to a Greater Degree

Learning to a Greater Degree is the expression of the basic function of the University of Central Missouri, identifying the experiences students gain at UCM. Students are part of an educational experience that extends beyond the classroom, preparing them to excel in the fast-paced world of today and tomorrow.

Learning to a Greater Degrees defines who we are and what we do at UCM through the four reasons to believe:

  • Engaged Learning: students are provided with multiple opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom through real-time, hands-on experience.
  • Future-Focused Academics: UCM’s academic programs prepare students to function in an ever-changing world with cutting-edge programs taught by innovative faculty.
  • Worldly Perspective: students learn by experiencing world cultures and traditions through traveling abroad and the diversity of the student population of the UCM campus.
  • Culture of Service: giving back to the community that supports them in so many ways is key to helping UCM students become well-rounded members of modern society.

The Board of Governors

The University of Central Missouri Board of Governors is made up of eight members appointed by the Governor of Missouri.


Integrated Marketing & Communications
Administration 302
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Tel: (660) 543-4640
Fax: (660) 543-4943


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