About President Dinndorf
Elizabeth A. Dinndorf is the 18th president of Columbia College.
An attorney and business executive with 17 years of leadership experience with a private women’s liberal arts college in her home state of Minnesota, Dinndorf was appointed president-elect in April 2012, assuming office on July 1, 2012.
Dinndorf has served in a variety of roles since the 1980s on the Board of Trustees of the College of Saint Benedict, a nationally ranked liberal arts college for women with over 2,000 students in St. Joseph, MN. She chaired the board from 2010 until accepting her appointment at Columbia College, having served on board committees dealing with finance, investment, academic affairs, audit, trusteeship and resource development. She also served on the presidential search committee of Saint John’s University, a nationally ranked men’s liberal arts college affiliated with Saint Benedict.
A veteran senior business executive, she is the former senior vice president and manager of student banking services at U.S. Bank in St. Paul, MN. She also served as senior vice president and national sales manager of education financial services at Wells Fargo Bank in Sioux Falls, SD.
Dinndorf received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the College of St. Benedict, and earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1982. She is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle.