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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 28, 2013) – In recognition of his longtime commitment to the University of Central Missouri and and his role in the governance of the university, the UCM Student Government Association will honor Walter Hicklin of Gravois Mills, formerly of Warrensburg, with the James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award.
Hicklin will become the 28th recipient of the annual award at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the first floor reading area of UCM’s James C. Kirkpatrick Library. The public is invited to attend.
Hicklin’s career in education with UCM spanned 31 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Missouri Valley College, where he was an Academic All-American football player, and earned his master’s and specialist degrees in education from UCM.
He came to UCM from Lee’s Summit High School, where he taught mathematics and served as head football coach. He was named head coach of the UCM Mules football team in 1975, and he also taught mathematics in the Department of Academic Enrichment. He then was named assistance vice president for student affairs, serving as interim vice president for student affairs from 2004 to 2006.
During his tenure in student affairs at UCM, Hicklin received the Noel Levitz National Award for a student retention program he designed and implemented. He also was named the first recipient of UCM’s annual J.P. Mees Award for Outstanding Professional Staff in 2003.
Following his retirement from UCM in 2006, he continued to serve the university with his appointment to the UCM Board of Governors by Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt in 2007. He served two, one-year terms as president of the board from 2010 to 2012.
Throughout his career in education, Hicklin also has been involved with the American Legion Missouri Boys State at UCM, serving as director of campus programs and facilities. He was named to the Missouri Boys State Board of Directors in 1991. He also was named to the Missouri Valley College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Since 1986 the UCM Student Government Association has presented the Excellence in Governance award to individuals who have significantly contributed to effective government at all levels in the state of Missouri. The SGA Internal Issues Committee selects the recipient from nominees who promote good governmental procedures, efficiency and economy in government, and policies that are in the public’s best interest.
The award is named for the late James C. Kirkpatrick, a UCM alumnus who served 20 years as Missouri's Secretary of State. Past recipients of the award include Gov. Mel Carnahan, Gov. Matt Blunt, State Representative Deleta Williams, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Gov. Jay Nixon, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan and State Senator David Pearce.