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 September 2013

Vice President for AHE to retire

Vice President for AHE to retire Mike Randerson has been with the college for 18 years. He will retire at the end of January.

After an illustrious first career in the U.S. Air Force, a successful second career with Columbia College, and on the cusp of the historic celebration of AHE’s 40th anniversary, Vice President Mike Randerson has announced his well-deserved retirement effective Jan. 31, 2014.

“Vice President Randerson has led the Division of Adult Higher Education for 18 years, and it is through his dedication and commitment to the values of Columbia College that the division has seen tremendous growth during his tenure,” wrote Interim President Dr. Terry Smith in an announcement.

Randerson received a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in Spanish, economics and aerospace studies from Southern Illinois University. He went on to receive a master’s degree in international relations with concentrations in U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic history from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Smith appointed Dr. Gary Massey, dean for AHE, as the interim vice president for AHE effective Feb. 1, 2014. At that time, Massey will assume the role and all responsibilities previously held by Randerson as the vice president.

Once a new president of the college is in place, a search for a permanent vice president of AHE will begin.

Massey has been with Columbia College since 1993. He received his bachelor’s degree from the college in 1985 and has served as dean for AHE for three years. Prior to this position, he served as the campus director in St. Louis and Jefferson City; as regional director of the four northern Illinois campuses; as associate dean for the Online Campus; and as an adjunct faculty member for 20 years. His wide-ranging academic and administrative experience will continue the momentum of this college in the coming months.

“I am pleased that Dr. Massey’s longevity and diverse experience, combined with the competent and qualified cadre of AHE deans, will bring continuity and stability to this transition,” Smith said.