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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Feb. 12, 2016

    Alumnus Mike Arbuckle to address FBLA district conference at Northwest

    High school students from throughout the region will converge Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Northwest Missouri State University as it hosts the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Conference for District I and alumnus Mike Arbuckle, senior advisor to the general manager/scouting and player development for the World Champion Kansas City Royals, to deliver the conference’s keynote address.

    More than 750 FBLA members and their advisers from 38 chapters are expected to participate in workshops and competitive events throughout the day. Arbuckle’s address to the members will be “Good Leaders — A Key to Success on the Baseball Diamond and in Life.”

    Arbuckle joined the Royals in 2008, after stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves, and has received a Legends of Scouting Award from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation. In his role with the Phillies, Arbuckle was responsible for overseeing the scouting staff, amateur draft, international scouting program and professional scouting program and oversaw the player development staff. With the Atlanta Braves, he served as area, regional and national scout. 

    He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Northwest in 1972. He also has a master’s in secondary education from the University of South Alabama and is a graduate of Trenton High School and North Central Missouri College. He was a 1969 draft selection of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

    Arbuckle has led his teams to success on the diamond with 75 major league players scouted, signed and developed. Those players include 11 All-Stars, two National League MVPs, two National League playoff MVPs, two Rookies of the Year, three Gold Glove winners, and one World Series MVP.

    In addition to hearing Arbuckle, FBLA members will participate in performance events in the categories of Job Interview, Social Media, Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics and Impromptu Speaking. They also will attend leadership workshops and view exhibits. 

    The conference is organized by Osborn High School’s Deborah Burns, district lead chapter adviser. Northwest campus liaisons are Dr. Nancy Zeliff, professor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems, and MacKenzie Magwire, a Northwest graduate student.  

    District officers who lead District I and helped plan the conference are:


    For more information, contact Nancy Zeliff at 660.562.1292 at

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468