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“It has been a pleasure
to work at William Woods
University the last 11-plus
years,” said York.  “There
are so many great people
at the Woods who really
care about the students. 
It has been great to work
side-by-side with so many
true professionals. That
cumulative attitude has
made it a joy for me to
come to school every day.”
Barnett said she will
miss York’s work ethic and
professionalism, two keys
to his success at WWU.
“During his time at
William Woods, Larry has
overseen the expansion of
the department both on and
off the feld,” Barnett said.
“He was instrumental in
the addition of men’s and
women’s cross country,
men’s and women’s
track and feld and men’s
basketball. He also played
a major role in the creation
of a full-time strength and
conditioning coaching
position and program
at William Woods.”
  Barnett admits that she
accepted his resignation
with regret, indicating that
he had truly transformed
the university’s athletic
program. His efforts were
rewarded in 2006-07 by
being named the American
Midwest Conference and
NAIA Region VAthletic
Director of the Year.
York has also been an
effective leader within the
university community.
He was instrumental in
the creation of the WWU
master of education
degree in athletics/
activities administration,
which the university
implemented in 2006.
“I will miss working
with the young men and
women who attend the
university,” York said.
“I will miss the young
coaches who, in many
cases, are just beginning
a career in coaching, and
I will miss the faculty
and staff who go the extra
mile to provide the richest
experience possible for
their students and their co-
When asked to list the
things that are vital in
developing a top-notch
athletic program York said,
“I believe in identifying
the factors vital for success
and then consistently
working to improve those
areas. Those areas include
retention of athletes for
four years, a superior
strength training program,
knowledgeable and hard
working coaches with
charisma, athletes willing
to go the extra mile to be
successful and an adequate
budget to put us in a
position to be champions.”
  York has been no
stranger to success.  Prior
to his stint at William
Woods, he was the athletic
director at Jefferson City
(Mo.) High School, where
he had worked since 1972.
In 1978 he was voted the
4A Track Coach-of-the-
Year in Missouri and in
1986 he was inducted into
the Missouri Track and
Cross Country Coaches
Hall of Fame.
A native of Quincy,
Ill., York graduated from
Quincy High School,
where he was an All-State
football player.  He was
inducted into the Quincy
High School Hall of Fame
in 2001.
York played football
at the University of
Missouri, and he graduated
with a bachelor’s
degree in mathematics/
biology and physiology
education. He received
his master’s degree in
school administration from
Lincoln University
in 1980.
He and his wife, Becky,
have two children and
fve grandchildren and he
said, “It is time to move
on to the next phase of
my life. I plan to explore
more deeply the many
interests I have developed
over the years and I am
truly looking forward to
spending more time with
our children, with our
grandchildren, travelling
and working on our farm.”
Charles E. Kruse,
president of the Missouri
Farm Bureau, will address
William Woods University
graduates and their families
during commencement
exercises Dec. 10.
Kruse has been president
of the Missouri Farm
Bureau Federation and the
federation’s fve affliated
companies since 1992. He
is also a fourth-generation
farmer from Stoddard
County. During his 18 years
as president, Missouri Farm
Bureau has grown from
77,000 to more than 111,000
member families.
It will be WWU’s largest
December commencement,
with 650 graduates. A total
of 491 December degrees
will be conferred. Another
158 graduates whose
degrees were conferred
in August are eligible to
participate in the winter
ceremony. A combined
total of 1,277 students in all
disciplines have graduated
from WWU in the past 12
The commencement
ceremony and hooding of
candidates for graduate
degrees will be held at
7 p.m. Dec. 10 in Cutlip
Auditorium of the McNutt
Campus Center.
Degrees earned by
December and August
combined include 12
associate of arts, nine
bachelor of arts, 79 bachelor
of science, two bachelor
of social work, 144 master
of business administration,
339 master of education and
65 specialist of education
in school administration
In addition to students
from the Fulton campus,
students from Graduate
and Professional Studies
cohorts in the Missouri
communities of Blue
Springs, Cadet. California,
Cape Girardeau, Carrollton,
Caruthersville, Chillicothe,
Columbia, Doniphan, El
Dorado Springs, Festus,
Hannibal, Independence,
Ironton, Jefferson City,
Joplin, Kahoka, Kansas
City, Kennett, Kirksville,
Lake Ozark, Lee’s Summit,
Mexico, Milan, Moberly,
Mount Vernon, Mountain
View, Neosho, New Madrid,
Osage Beach, Perryville,
Poplar Bluff, Rolla, Sedalia,
Springfeld, Summersville,
Union, Warrenton,
Wellsville and West Plains,
as well as cohorts in two
Arkansas communities,
Paragould and Williford will
receive their diplomas.
Kruse earned a degree
in agronomy from Arkansas
State University in 1967,
and a master of science
degree in agronomy from
the University of Missouri
in 1973. He is the recipient
of the University of
Missouri Faculty Alumnus
and Ag Alumnus of the
Year awards, and the
Arkansas State University
Outstanding Alumni Award.
He is a retired brigadier
general of the Missouri
National Guard, with 26
years of distinguished
military service.
Missouri Farm Bureau President
to Speak at Commencement
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York: Set to retire in June, 2011
Monday, December 6, 2010