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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 11, 2011) – Missouri Gov. Jeremiah “Jay” Nixon has named longtime Clinton resident Gus S. Wetzel, II, M.D. to the University of Central Missouri’s Board of Governors. The appointment, which must gain state Senate confirmation, fills a seat currently held by Richard Phillips, Lake Tapawingo, whose term has expired.
Dr. Gus S. Wetzel II
“I accept the appointment humbly,” Wetzel said. “I’m very proud of the university and the way it serves the state of Missouri by providing a quality education for the student body.”
Wetzel, who will serve through Jan. 1, 2017, is well known throughout the Clinton area for his work in the medical field as well as his strong record of community involvement. He served as mayor from 1994-2010, and spent six years on the Clinton Board of Education, including two years as president. His service to the community has also included 40 years of membership in the Clinton Rotary Club and serving as a trustee and holding leadership positions in the United Methodist Church and St. Paul School of Theology boards of directors. He also served for three years on the National School Boards federation in Washington, D.C., an appointment by former Congressman Ike Skelton.
Wetzel has served as a board certified general surgeon at Golden Valley Medical Clinic and Golden Valley Medical Center, with a medical practice in Clinton since 1972. He has been involved in the business community, serving since 1999 as a director on the Hawthorn Bank. His business experiences include board chair of Union State Bancshares and president of Meadow Lake Properties, Inc., and member of the Health Midwest Ventures board.
Before following in his father’s footsteps to become a Clinton physician and surgeon, Wetzel earned a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in Fulton in 1963, and his M.D. from Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, La., in 1967, where he also completed his surgical residency training in 1972.
Wetzel and his wife, Susie, are longtime supporters of UCM. Their family includes daughters, Courtney Ann Worrell, Lauren Allison Wetzel Schilling and Susie Heard Drysdale, and one son, Gus S. Wetzel, III.