Board of Trustees Announces Search for President

Founded in 1854, Columbia College enjoys the advantage of being located in the state capital and its 750 thousand person metropolitan area population, while at the same time being able to offer small classes and personalized attention to its students. Originally founded as a woman’s college, Columbia College will become co-educational this fall. Currently, the College enrolls 1,206 students, including online and evening graduate students.

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Search Committee Update

The Presidential Search Committee has been very busy the past two months. The interest in being President of Columbia College was substantial. Well over 100 contacts resulted in almost 50 submitted applications. Eleven semi-finalists participated in virtual interviews with the committee. Four finalists were selected for on-campus interviews to take place in July. 

The on-campus interview will engage faculty, staff, students, alumnae/i, and trustees. There will be a moderator managing questions from participants. A typical interview will include individual 60-minute sessions with faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i; and an extended session with trustees. Dates and times will be finalized in the next 7-10 days. 

A theme that ran through all the interviews was the excitement of the candidates about the current strengths of Columbia College and the potential for a very promising future. The Search Committee members have done extraordinary work and the several semi-finalists were complimentary about their passion for the College. After reviewing feedback from the campus interviews, the Board of Trustees will select the person whose experience, skillset, and leadership style are best suited to guide the College at this pivotal time in our history and in higher education.

"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Helen Grant 81’ and Tom Keith for Co-Chairing the search committee. A special thank you to our search committee members: Dr. LaNae’ Budden, Mrs. Janet Cotter ‘56, Bishop Jonathan Holston, Lex Knox, Maya Stevenson ‘21, Mark Timbes, Michelle Troup ‘17, Kim Wellman, and Dr. Tracy West. And a shout out to Joye Hipp, Executive Assistant to the President, for handling all the logistics for the search committee’s meetings."

 — Toby Goodlett, Board of Trustees | Chair