July 1, 2012 -- Elizabeth A. Dinndorf, J.D., officially begins her tenure today as the 18th president of Columbia College. She was appointed president-elect by the Columbia College Board of Trustees in April, succeeding Caroline B. Whitson, Ph.D., who retired June 30 after an 11-year tenure.
Since her arrival in June, Dinndorf has been working with a transition team and has been busy meeting the faculty and staff, local business and community leaders, and alumnae in Columbia, Florence, Charleston and Summerville. She attended the South Carolina United Methodist Annual Conference held in Florence, and was introduced to the thousands in attendance by Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor.
Dinndorf has a full slate of upcoming events around the state to meet many more Columbia College alumnae groups in the months ahead.
"It is wonderful meeting so many people with a sincere love and loyalty for Columbia College," says Dinndorf. "The warm welcome has been incredible."
At Summer Orientation, a three-day event held in June, Dinndorf greeted students who will be members of the Class of 2016. She also plans to be part of the Move-In Day effort in late August, when faculty and staff help the first-years move into McNair Hall to begin their new college life.
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