Sharing a Father's Lesson
Distinguished Service Award recipient Vance DeLozier follows the example of giving back.
By Jeff Murphy
A University of Central Missouri alumnus, Vance DeLozier praises the good examples set by people in his life who taught him the value of giving back to others. Had his father lived long enough to celebrate his 97th birthday on the same day his son accepted the Distinguished Service Award from UCM, he likely would have been proud to know about the lasting impact he had on his family.
"I was influenced by my father," DeLozier said to the baccalaureate degree candidates and their families during the 2011 fall commencement. He then enlightened the crowd on what made his dad, Dale DeLozier, a good role model.
"When he was a young boy, he didn't think his dad took his mother to town to places she needed to go often enough. They lived several miles east of Clinton. This was in 1926 ... so one day he rode his horse to town and he bought a car. He took it back home and told his mom, now he could take her anywhere she wanted to go, whenever she wanted to get there.
"You see, he wanted to give back to his family," DeLozier said, noting something more extraordinary -- his father was only 12 years old at the time of his first automobile purchase.
Lessons in giving back have stuck with Vance DeLozier, particularly when it comes to helping his community, his profession and his alma mater. He received a bachelor's degree in public relations in 1971 and has continually supported UCM through his time and financial resources, including membership in the Mule Train since 1975 and many years of service as the organization's president. He has been a member of numerous search committees for coaches and the university's live mule mascot, is a longtime member of the Presidents Society and the largest donor and supporter of the university's Performing Arts Series. In addition to helping make the press box at Audrey J. Walton Stadium one of the premier facilities in the MIAA through his financial support, he has given his time as a member, secretary, treasurer and president of the UCM Foundation Board of Directors.
DeLozier is currently the broker/owner of Key Realty in Warrensburg, manager of DeLozier Rentals and chief executive officer of D&H Media. As the owner of KWKJ 98.5 The Bar and 1450 KOKO Good Time Oldies radio stations, he oversees the broadcast nucleus of the Central Sports Network, which regularly covers Mules and Jennies sporting events.