May 22, 2023


Dear Columbia College Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Paul Bouknight, Director of Facilities here at Columbia College. Paul joined the Columbia College community in October after retiring from his lifelong career in Facility and Operations Management. You may have seen Paul recently leading the various capital improvement efforts around campus, and that leadership is already missed. As an institutional community, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Paul’s family, friends, and all those who knew and loved him as our community grieves with them. Paul’s genuine love for his work and this campus community was made evident to anyone that had the pleasure of working alongside him. His time, talents, and care for Columbia College will continue to live on through his legacy of stewardship and kindness.

Any student who feels they need support or someone to talk with should reach out to our counselors on campus, Hiluv Johnson or Mila Burgess-Conway at Faculty and staff can reach out to Director of Human Resources Terri Hooper with any grief counseling needs they may have.

Memorial Service arrangements can be found below. Please keep Paul’s loved ones in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.

President Tom Bogart


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