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2019 NEWS

Sunderland Foundation Pledges $1M for UCM Airport Development

By Jeff Murphy, February 11, 2019

Skyhaven Airport

WARRENSBURG, MO — The Sunderland Foundation has pledged to donate $1M to the UCM Alumni Foundation toward construction of a state-of-the-art terminal and flight education facility at the university's Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport. The gift will help UCM’s nationally known School of Aviation better meet academic and public aviation needs while contributing to area economic growth.

“Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport is a unique asset for UCM, and for 50 years, our aviation program has been instrumental in preparing individuals to serve in the aviation industry,” said UCM President Roger J. Best. “Skyhaven also serves the community and flying public at large, a critical component for economic development in the region. We are extremely grateful to the Sunderland Foundation for this generous gift, which will enhance both our ability to attract and educate students in aviation as well as serve a stronger role in fulfilling the economic development needs for the region.”

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Goddard to Become UCM VP for Advancement, Executive Director of UCM Alumni Foundation

By Jeff Murphy, January 30, 2019

Courtney Goddard

WARRENSBURG, MO – With a professional background including nearly 20 years of strategic higher education leadership experience, Courtney E. Goddard soon begins a new role at the University of Central Missouri. Effective March 1, she becomes Vice President for Advancement and External Engagement, Executive Director of the UCM Alumni Foundation.

Goddard’s appointment was announced today by UCM President Roger J. Best, who said he is looking forward to employing Goddard’s knowledge and skills in areas such as development, alumni relations, external relations and engagement, and much more. Goddard is familiar with the university, having served since July 2018 as Associate Vice President of Advancement and Director of Advancement Services. 

Best noted that as Goddard takes on the responsibilities of her new role, he is revising the focus of the VP position to “enhance our engagement with external constituencies as we look to build the awareness, perception and reputation of UCM and the high-quality academic programs and other capabilities we offer. The significance is evident in the revised focus and title as Vice President of Advancement and External Engagement.” 

Read full news release (01.30.19)


2018 NEWS

Alumni Show Generous Support on Giving Tuesday (11.30.18)

UCM Updating Alumni Directory (09.25.18)

UCM Launches Gift of Success Campaign (05.15.18)

Your Co-Worker Might Be a Mule (04.16.18)

2017 NEWS

New Vice President Hired to Lead Advancement and Alumni Foundation  (08.28.17)

UCM Alumni Foundation Awards FY18 Opportunity Grants to Faculty, Staff  (09.20.17)

Alumni Couple Randall and Kelly Harbert Endow UCM Marketing Professorship  (07.28.17)

UCM Alumni Foundation Approves $1.4 Million to Support Student Success (02.24.17)

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