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Many University of Central Missouri alumni are now enjoying successful careers in the business management arena, putting to use the knowledge they gained from Gary Vazzana during the 16-plus years he spent in the classroom. The professor emeritus of management is now enjoying more time with his family and friends and pursuing “interests as inspiration suggests” after retiring from UCM.
Currently residing in Marshall, Vazzana takes into retirement many great memories of relationships built with students and his colleagues in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies. He continuously served the university from 1990-2006, climbing the faculty ranks from assistant to full professor.
Before entering the higher education arena, Vazzana studied at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he earned Bachelor of Science in Economics and Master of Business Administration degrees. Continued pursuit of his education led to a Ph.D. in Business Administration from UMC.
Vazzana initially launched his teaching career in 1969 as an instructor at UCM, but moved on to the eastern part of the U.S. in 1972 to become an assistant professor at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. He joined the faculty at Hampton University, Hampton, VA, briefly as an assistant professor in 1979, then took a job at Missouri Valley College, in Marshall, where he served as assistant, associate and professor of business management, 1980-1990.
He has been involved in numerous campus groups, including chairing the Library Committee, and membership on the Honors and Ethics committees and various long-range planning committees.
Vazzana’s involvement in professional organizations includes the Institute for Supply Chain Management, Missouri Association of Accounting Educators, and Academy of Business Disciplines.