September 13, 2021

Columbia College Announces Change in Academic Leadership

9/13 Dr. Madeleine Schep Steps Down as Provost after Four Years 

COLUMBIA, S.C., September 13, 2021 - After four years of dynamic leadership – two years on an interim basis - Dr. Madeleine Schep has announced her decision to step down as Provost of Columbia College. “I am grateful to have been able to serve as Provost at Columbia College and would like to thank all the faculty and staff who have supported me in this role. However, I look forward to getting back to the classroom, concentrating on growing the Computer and Information Science program, and exploring innovative interdisciplinary courses and programs with a computing component,” said Dr. Schep. She will remain a Professor of Mathematics and Computer & Information Science at Columbia College, as she has served faithfully for over 20 years. 

“Columbia College is fortunate to have benefited from the leadership of Dr. Schep as Provost during times of immense transition. She has seen the College through changes in presidential leadership, a transition to a fully co-educational environment, and academic adjustments to endure a global pandemic for four semesters (and counting). Amidst each of these challenges and countless others, Dr. Schep has maintained a focus on the academic strength found at Columbia College,” said President of Columbia College Dr. Tom Bogart.

As Provost, Dr. Schep has upheld the academic integrity of Columbia College during a crucial time in the university’s history, and she will continue to do so through her work inspiring her students to pursue a career in the computer science field. Certainly, under her leadership, Columbia College has advanced its mission to “emphasize service, social justice, and leadership development.” While the College will miss Dr. Schep’s leadership and commitment to academic excellence in her role as Provost, Columbia College is excited to see what is next for Dr. Schep and her career, continuing to educate and inspire the student body here.

Dr. Schep will remain in her role as Columbia College Provost until summer 2022. A national search will be conducted to identify Columbia College’s next Provost, and details regarding the search will be released at a later date.

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