Open Calendar


University News | David Pearce Day

UCM, Warrensburg Community Celebrate David Pearce Day April 29

By Jeff Murphy, April 22, 2016

WARRENSBURG, MO – The University of Central Missouri and the Warrensburg community join in a celebration honoring Sen. David Pearce, R-21st District, for his longtime service to the university, community, and the state of Missouri.

David Pearce Day festivities are planned for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 29, with a program conducted by Charles Ambrose, UCM president, at noon in the university’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center atrium. All members of the community are invited to join in expressing their appreciation for the contributions Pearce has made, not only through his service as an elected official, but his years of dedication and commitment as a local citizen to activities that support UCM, the city of Warrensburg, and Johnson County, Mo.
“This is an opportunity to say “thank you” to Senator Pearce for his many years of dedicated public service, not only through is work in the Senate and the House of Representatives, but as valued member of the local community who has helped make a difference in the lives of students and many local residents,” Ambrose said.

Pearce noted, “I have a lifelong association with the university and the community. I’m very grateful,” he said in talking about David Pearce Day. “This means a lot to me and my family.”

Growing up in rural Warrensburg, Pearce developed strong ties to the community and UCM at an early age. The son of Clarence and Loneta Pearce, his father taught at the university and spent most of his 30-plus years as a local educator teaching agriculture courses at the laboratory high school. David Pearce attended kindergarten at Central Elementary School at UCM and continued his K-12 education on campus until University High School closed in 1976. After finishing his junior and senior years at Warrensburg High School, he attended UCM, and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an agricultural journalism degree. While pursuing his education, he also held a national post as vice president of the Future Farmers of America, which helped to nurture and develop his leadership skills.

Beginning in 2002, Pearce served three consecutive two-year terms in the Missouri House of Representatives and one term as a Missouri Senator representing District 31. After re-districting, he represented Senatorial District 21 for four years.

Pearce’s contributions to the city of Warrensburg are numerous, and include 18 years in local business working for the former First Community Bank, now Equity Bank. His interest in helping the local business community was demonstrated prior to that through his service as executive vice president of the Greater Warrensburg Area Chamber of Commerce for six years. He has engaged in community service as a 25-year member of the Warrensburg Rotary Club, and has given back to Johnson County youth and residents as a former 4-H project leader and former chair of Johnson County United Way, which benefits numerous agencies that serve county residents. Pearce has helped save lives by actively supporting local blood drives. In fact, he has donated nearly four gallons of blood to help individuals in need.

Pearce’s close ties to UCM also include two brothers, Mark and Steve (deceased), who attended the lab school and graduated from the university. His wife, Teresa, also is a UCM graduate, having earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees. David and Teresa Pearce are the parents of two children, Molly and Andrew. David and Mark Pearce also established through the UCM Alumni Foundation a scholarship in agriculture honoring their father and a scholarship in theatre honoring their mother.

Pearce has kept the university abreast of matters that affect higher education and the local community as a frequent presenter at meetings of UCM’s Board of Governors, and he has demonstrated his support for the university by attending major events, often as a guest speaker. He speaks during the annual Politics and Social Justice Week, in addition to hosting campus and community groups at the capitol and providing at least one internship per year for a UCM student in his Jefferson City office.

Pearce’s service professionally and as an active citizen were recognized by members of the Student Government Association at UCM, which honored him with the James C. Kirkpatrick Excellence in Governance Award, an honor given in memory of a longtime Missouri Secretary of State who served for 12 years on the university’s governing board. Pearce has received numerous other honors during in his career, including the 2012 Henry Geyer Award by the Mizzou Alumni Association, Horace Mann Award by the Missouri National Education Association, and the Gordon Warren Land-Grant Award from the University of Missouri Extension.


  • facebook
  • twitter
  • youtube
  • linkedin
  • instagram