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Dr. Scott Dalrymple selected as 17th president

Friday, January 31, 2014

As announced in the Public Introduction for Dr. Scott Dalrymple and his wife, Dr. Tina Dalrymple, the start date for the 17th president will be May 1, 2014. For more information about the college’s next president, go to: spotlight.ccis.edu/2014/01/welcome-president-dalrymple.html.

Friday, January 17, 2014

The Columbia College Board of Trustees has unanimously selected Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D., as the 17th president of Columbia College. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend a public introduction for President Dalrymple and his wife Tina Dalrymple, Ph.D., at 9:45 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Launer Auditorium, to be followed by a Meet-and-Greet in Atkins-Holman Student Commons.

Students, faculty and staff of the Evening and Nationwide campuses are encouraged to attend the event via live stream at www.ccis.edu/livestream.

Surveys Closed

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Surveys that were provided to students, faculty, staff and alumni/community are now closed. Thank you to those who provided feedback by completing a survey. The survey results are being compiled and provided to the Board of Trustees.

Complete the surveys

Online surveys are available for those who have a chance to meet with the candidates either in person, through videoconferences or by watching the livestream events established for employees and students across the country. Surveys are available from Jan. 12 until noon CST on Jan. 15.

To complete the online survey for Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D., visit www.surveymonkey/s/dalrymple.

To complete the online survey for Randall Hanna, J.D., visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/rwhanna.

Finalists to visit St. Louis and Columbia campuses Jan. 12-14

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Two finalists have been named for the position of president at Columbia College.

Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y.
Randall W. Hanna, J.D., Chancellor of the Florida College System, Tallahassee, Fla.

"The search committee is enthusiastic to share the outstanding finalists with everyone," said Daisy Grossnickle, chair of the college’s board of trustees. "When choosing the finalist candidates, it was imperative that they understand the breadth of our institution and are capable of leading Columbia College into the future"

Both candidates will visit the college’s first nationwide campus in St. Louis. From there, candidates will spend their second day meeting with constituents including trustees, administrative council members, students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members in Columbia. Candidates also will have the opportunity to engage with staff, faculty and students at nationwide campuses through a livestream of the forums.

"With 35 Nationwide campuses in 13 different states, we have unique needs in our next president," said Mike Randerson, vice president of Adult Higher Education. "Either of these candidates will be able to capitalize on the strengths of each campus, while taking us to new heights."

A survey will be available online for those who have a chance to meet with the candidates.

"I encourage everyone that has the opportunity to give feedback through the survey provided to do so," said Grossnickle. "The information collected will be valuable as the Board of Trustees makes its decision of the 17th President of Columbia College."

The search for the college’s next president began shortly after Dr. Gerald Brouder, president emeritus, announced his retirement. The college hired a company called Academic Search to help select the finalists.

Columbia College Presidential Search Demographic Statement

The search for the 17th President of Columbia College attracted 64 applicants from around the country, and the world.  After careful review and discussion, 10 semi-finalists were chosen for interviews.  Two finalists will visit the St. Louis and Columbia campuses for forums with various constituents the week of January 12, 2014.

"As expected, the Columbia College presidential search produced an excellent candidate pool in terms of overall numbers, demographics and applicant qualifications," said Charles E. Kupchella, PhD, a senior consultant for Academic Search, Inc. "The opportunity of this presidency was widely known as evidenced by applicants coming from every corner of the United States as well as two international applicants."

Seventy-five percent of the applicants came from outside of Missouri, 23 percent from the South, 15 percent from the East Coast, 12 percent from the Rocky Mountain region and West Coast, and three percent from countries outside the United States.

"From the beginning of this process, the search committee was dedicated to finding a diverse pool of candidates," said the Rev. Dr. John J. Yonker, Presidential Search Committee chair.

Ten of the applicants were sitting presidents or chancellors, 18 were vice presidents and/or provosts, 14 were deans and/or department chairs, four were associate or assistant vice presidents and 18 were from non-traditional backgrounds outside of academe.

Female and ethnic minority applicants collectively made up at least 31 percent of the pool. Eighteen percent of the applicants were female. Although we do not know the exact number of minority applicants, 13 percent of the applicants self-identified as being an ethnic minority. 

"The quality of applicants was excellent," Kupchella said. "In our estimation, many of these applicants – beyond the sitting president/chancellor applicants – will one day become successful college or university presidents."

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rev. Dr. John Yonker, chair of the Columbia College Presidential Search Committee, and Daisy Grossnickle, chair of the Columbia College Board of Trustees, received word from our consulting firm, Academic Search, that one of the three presidential finalists has accepted another position.

"According to Chuck Kupchella, our consultant at Academic Search, this speaks to the high caliber of our candidates and to the prestige of our college. The remaining highly qualified finalists are looking forward to their campus visits in January and have shown enthusiasm by asking many good questions about our students, our faculty and our college," Grossnickle said.

The names and bios of the finalists will be shared on Jan. 2, 2014. The finalists will visit Columbia College-St. Louis and hold forums at the main campus in Columbia during the week of Jan. 12. There will be a survey available after the forums for college constituents to give their feedback.

The most recently revised forum schedule for the campus visits is included below. A finalized schedule will be available as we near the arrival of the candidates on campus.

Candidate One

January 12, 2014 – Location: Columbia College-St. Louis

  • 1-2:30 p.m.: Tour of campus and forum for faculty, staff and students

January 13, 2014 – Location: Bixby Lecture Hall

  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Forum with staff – available virtually to nationwide staff
  • 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.: Open forum with alumni/community leaders/former trustees/media
  • 3 – 4:30 p.m.: Forum with faculty – available virtually to adjunct faculty
  • 4:35– 5:35 p.m.: Forum with students – available virtually to nationwide students

Candidate Two

January 13, 2014 – Location: Columbia College-St. Louis

  • Noon – 1:30 p.m.: Tour of campus and forum for faculty, staff and students

January 14, 2014 – Location: Bixby Lecture Hall

  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.: Forum with staff – available virtually to nationwide staff
  • 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.: Open forum with alumni/community leaders/former trustees/media
  • 3 – 4:30 p.m.: Forum with faculty – available virtually to adjunct faculty
  • 4:35 – 5:35 p.m.: Forum with students – available virtually to nationwide students

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Finalists’ names and biographies will be posted here January 2, 2014.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

The Presidential Search Committee had a successful weekend interviewing semifinalists for the Columbia College Presidency. I am pleased to report that three finalists have been identified.

Interviews for the finalists will be January 12 – 16, 2014. Each candidate will have approximately one and a half days to meet with key constituency groups, beginning at our St. Louis Campus, the Main campus, and Nationwide, virtually. A more detailed schedule is being prepared now and will be shared with you as soon as completed. There will also be a web based survey so all feedback can be considered.

A special Executive Session of the Board of Trustees to select the 17th President of Columbia College will take place on January 17, 2014. Trustees will have access to the survey results as well. The intention is for the selection to be made with an announcement following as soon as the offer is accepted.

The names of the candidates will not be released until January 2, 2014 to maintain the confidential integrity of the search. On January 2nd, faculty, staff, students, administration and trustees will receive via email each candidate’s biography, photo and vita. The information will also be posted on the Columbia College website. We anticipate media attention once the name of the candidates are released, so to protect confidentiality we are waiting until closer to the interview dates to reveal their names.

The search committee under the leadership of Rev. Dr. John J. Yonker did a wonderful job and worked diligently to bring you these candidates whom they believe will be a good fit for Columbia College.

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013

The Presidential Search Committee had a successful weekend interviewing semifinalists for the Columbia College Presidency, and three finalists, who will be announced Jan. 2, 2014, have been identified.

Interviews for the finalists will be January 12 – 16, 2014. Each candidate will have approximately one and a half days to meet with key constituency groups, beginning at our St. Louis Campus, the Main campus, and Nationwide, virtually. A more detailed schedule is being prepared now and will be shared as soon as it is completed. There will also be a web based survey so all feedback can be considered.  

A special Executive Session of the Board of Trustees to select the 17th President of Columbia College will take place on January 17, 2014. Trustees will have access to the survey results as well. The intention is for the selection to be made with an announcement following as soon as the offer is accepted.  

The names of the candidates will not be released until January 2, 2014 to maintain the confidential integrity of the search. The information will be posted on the Columbia College website.  

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

The Columbia College Presidential Search Committee met today to review candidates for the 17th president of the institution.

According to Rev. Dr. John J. Yonker, the Presidential Search Committee chair, the college received a very strong pool of highly qualified candidates for this coveted position.

"The process continues on schedule as the committee met on Oct. 23 to consider semifinalist candidates," Yonker said. "Neutral site interviews will take place in mid-November."

Dr. Charles Kupchella of Academic Search was pleased with the number and caliber of the candidates.

Finalists will be brought to the main campus in January 2014.

Friday, May 03, 2013

The Columbia College Presidential Search Committee has selected the search firm, Academic Search, to partner with the college to select the next president.

Academic Search in Washington, DC, will bring a wealth of information to the process.

The two senior consultants to represent Academic Search are Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D., and Charles E. Kupchella, Ph.D.

Their first visit to campus was April 30 - May 2, during which they visited with various constituency groups from the main campus and local community leaders, as well as a main campus visit and tour of the Jefferson City campus, allowing them to experience a Nationwide Campus environment. They also had an opportunity to talk with campus directors from additional Nationwide Campuses. Faculty, staff and students were invited to share their thoughts in an open forum as well.

Mon., Jan. 18, 2013

Daisy Grossnickle, chair of the Columbia College Board of Trustees, has announced the presidential search timeline for the college, including members of the search committee and the interim president (effective Aug. 2, 2013).

Dr. Gerald T. Brouder, the 16th president of Columbia College, will retire Aug. 1, 2013. Upon his retirement, Dr. Terry B. Smith, currently the executive vice president and dean for Academic Affairs, will serve as interim president until the next president of Columbia College is named.

"Dr. Smith will serve as interim president during the 2013-14 academic year," said Grossnickle. "My goal is to have a new president named and on campus by July 1, 2014."

"I was honored and humbled by Daisy's request," said Smith. "It is my pleasure to serve as the interim president for the college until the search committee has ample time to select a replacement."

According to Grossnickle, now is a time to exercise due diligence because Aug. 1 is just 196 days from today.

"Because that's just a little more than six months from now, and because the college is in such a good place, I don't feel the need to rush the search process," said Grossnickle. "I have appointed, and he has accepted, Rev. Dr. John Yonker as chair of the presidential search committee. Rev. Yonker is a long-standing member of the board of trustees, and he will direct the search committee to identify a qualified search firm to assist us in selecting the 17th president of Columbia College."

"I am honored to chair the search committee," said Yonker. "Having been a member of the board of trustees for many years, I've come to know and love the college. Though, certainly saddened to learn about Dr. Brouder's retirement, we are thankful for the legacy he leaves. Without any debt and with a growing student body, we've achieved national recognition for academic excellence; at this point we're poised for continued growth, and looking forward to finding the right person to lead the college into the next chapter in its history of educating women and men to become responsible citizens and leaders of society."

Columbia College interim president

Dr. Terry B. Smith, interim president bio

Columbia College Presidential Search Committee

Rev. John Joseph Yonker, chair, presidential search committee bio

Carol Willoughby Winkler '93: member, board of trustees bio

Anita Abbott Timmons '58: member, board of trustees bio

Col. Mike Randerson: vice president for Adult Higher Education bio

Dr. Brad Lookingbill: Columbia College professor of history bio

Michael Kateman: executive director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations bio

George W. Hulett: member, board of trustees bio

Patty Fischer: director of Human Resources bio

Daisy Grossnickle: chair, board of trustees bio

Avery Bourne: president, Student Government Association bio

Walter E. Bixby III '82: member, board of trustees bio