Meet Robert Ruth

2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Rob Ruth keeps busy between his family, career, community, church and alma mater. This 1975 alumnus grew up in Warrensburg, graduating from WHS in 1971. At UCM, he pledged Sigma Phi Epsilon and was president of the Physical Education Club. He also was a four-year starter for Mules Baseball and all-MIAA player in 1974-75, helping the team win the MIAA title and make their first appearance in the World Series. That 1974 team, including Ruth, is now a member of the UCM Athletic Hall of Fame. Rob was honored this fall at the Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner during Homecoming.

Upon his UCM graduation, he was in charge of student recruitment for two years, starting the Student Ambassadors Program. His career with State Farm began in 1977 where he worked as an agent, agency manager, agency director and agency field executive until he retired in 2013. He served as president of the Columbia, Missouri, and Abilene, Texas, Life Underwriters Association and currently is a representative for Service King Collision Repair.

As a volunteer, he has been president of the UCM Alumni Association and served on the Board of Directors of the UCM Foundation. He also has played a major role in establishing and encouraging the growth of the DFW Mule Nation Alumni Club. In addition to generous gifts to the Fund for Excellence, Mules Baseball and various scholarships, he also is helping to advance the university’s future through his estate.

Says Ruth of his feelings for UCM, “I honestly don’t understand why a high school student who is planning to attend college doesn’t choose UCM as THEIR university! I obviously bleed ‘Mule Red!’”

Watch the Video Honoring Rob >> 

Read the feature about Rob in the UCM Magazine. 

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