Gillman First Site Coordinator For CMU-Linn

Has long track record with two-year colleges


The fledgling partnership between the State Technical College of Missouri (STCM) and Central Methodist University (CMU) has taken a step forward with the appointment of Patricia Gillman as site coordinator for CMU’s Linn operation.

Gillman’s background in higher education, particularly at the community college level, and familiarity with STCM and technical education made her application stand out, according to CMU Provost Dr. Rita Gulstad. Gillman started work June 30.

The job is designed to help build the STCM-CMU partnership launched in 2012. Gillman’s duties include helping to build CMU enrollment, advising students, scheduling classes, hiring faculty, and generally being the “face” of CMU in Linn.

Gillman spent most of her professional career (1997-2013) at State Fair Community College, starting in the “tech prep” field helping students pursue their passion for technical education. Since STCM (formerly Linn State Technical College) is tech-focused Gillman had cause to work regularly with faculty and staff there.

Gillman, who also worked in the tech prep area at East Central College (another CMU partner institution), retired from SFCC in 2013 as its Director of College and Career Readiness. Since then she worked part-time, as both a project manager for a grant-funded program at SFCC and as an evaluator for a U.S. Department of Defense grant program with the Knob Noster school district.

The Knob Noster resident will spend at least one day each week on the STCM campus in Linn, according to her supervisor Deborah DeGan-Dixon, assistant dean for CMU’s western division. The position is part-time.

Gillman has an associate’s degree from State Fair, her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri, and a master of science in education degree from Southwest Baptist University. She completed all three programs with academic honors.

Gillman and her husband Ron have three daughters and two granddaughters.

Central Methodist offers a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs through the State Technical College of Missouri, including accounting, applied behavior analysis, business, child development, computer science, criminal justice, interdisciplinary studies, nursing (registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing), psychology, plus the master of science in nursing degree. Several of those programs are available entirely online.

For more information about the STCM-CMU partnership, contact Patricia Gillman at, or Aimee Sage at or 660-248-6651.


Posted July 15, 2014