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Robert “Bob” Showers has spent much of his life preparing students for fields such as accounting, while also working with private individuals to help them better manage their financial futures.
The professor emeritus retired this summer as a faculty member in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies. Showers became an adjunct professor of accounting at UCM in 1993, after previously serving as chief financial officer and as an adjunct faculty member at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph from 1985-1993. Early in his career at Central Missouri, he helped the university to build its financial strength as manager of investments/internal audits, managing the university’s then $40 million investment portfolio which provided additional revenues for university operations. He performed periodic audits of university departments and conducted auditing services as requested by university administration from August 1993 to July 2001.
In the classroom, Showers taught accounting and personal financial planning courses. While serving the university, he also was involved in private practice as a financial consultant, and operated a financial services company, Showers & Associates, Inc. This Warrensburg firm provided accounting, payroll and consulting services to small- and medium-sized companies, and performed income tax returns for a client base of about 2,000 people. Showers became an assistant professor of accounting in 2001. His faculty development activities included continued professional education to maintain his Certified Financial Planner designation, maintaining the Series 7 broker license, and Missouri state life and health insurance license.
His preparation for a professional career included a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting from Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in finance from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion.