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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
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WARRENSBURG, MO (April 19, 2012) – John Culp, Warrensburg, program development and retention coordinator for University of Central Missouri athletics, received the highest honor conferred upon the university’s professional staff when she received the John Paul Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff during the annual Professional Staff Breakfast April 18.
Karen Hibdon, manager of UCM’s Multipurpose Building and 2011 recipient of the award, presented the award to Culp, who was nominated by his peers at UCM. The award is named for the late John Paul Mees, who died in 2000 while serving as vice president of planning and policy/executive assistant to the president at UCM. Mees, who was known as a dedicated and motivated employee, joined the university in 1988 as executive assistant to the president and professor of education. He also served as provost and vice president of academic affairs.
A native of Warrensburg and Johnson County, Culp is a graduate of UCM and was a teacher, coach and administrator in the Warrensburg School District prior to his retirement. Since 2006 he has served the University of Central Missouri as program development and retention coordinator for UCM athletics.
In addition to his service as a mentor to hundreds of youth over the years, Culp also has served his community as a member of the Warrensburg City Council, president of the Warrensburg Lions Club, and in a variety of leadership roles with the First United Methodist Church of Warrensburg. He has been recognized with the Distinguished Service Award by the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, and he has served as a member of the UCM Alumni Association board of directors.
Culp has been an athletic counselor annually at Missouri Boys State on the UCM campus, and he has served as a member of the City of Warrensburg Children’s Memorial committee. He and his wife, Sandy, also have been strong advocates for legislation enabling assistance for treatment of eating disorders in Missouri.