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 February 2014

Dr. Scott Dalrymple selected as Columbia College's 17th president

Dr. Scott Dalrymple selected as Columbia College's 17th president Last month included finalist forums, the presidential announcement and the public introduction of the new leader of Columbia College.

On Jan. 17, the board of trustees announced they had unanimously chosen Dr. Scott Dalrymple to be the 17th president of Columbia College.

Just a few days later, Dalrymple was introduced to the public in Launer Auditorium on the main campus. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and community leaders filled the room to welcome the college’s next president.

Michael Kateman, executive director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations, began the event by introducing Rev. Brad Stagg, who gave the invocation. Then, Kateman introduced Daisy Grossnickle, chair of the board of trustees, and he spoke about how instrumental her leadership was in the presidential search process.

Grossnickle gave her remarks, thanking everyone involved, including students, the community, alumni, faculty, staff, virtual viewers, former presidents Dr. Donald Ruthenberg and Dr. Gerald Brouder — and former first ladies Dee Ruthenberg and Bonnie Brouder — Administrative Council, Rev. Dr. John Yonker and the Presidential Search Committee, Interim President Dr. Terry Smith and the board of trustees.

“It is hard for me to express how much this institution means to me,” Grossnickle said. “This has truly been a labor of love.”

Grossnickle then went on to list attributes that the college family wanted in a president, which she said we have in Dalrymple. Some of those attributes included inspiring; strong communicator; ability to balance traditional, nationwide, online and military; and belief in academic rigor and excellence.

As Dalrymple took the stage, he was greeted by the audience with a standing ovation.

He began his remarks with a story about his background in western New York, where children learned to drive tractors before cars and where in the 8th grade, he was given the choice to pick the vocational or college track. He had decided on a vocational track in auto body repair after seeing a sweet, sweet cherry red Dodge van. His guidance counselor, noticing Dalrymple’s grades, chose the college track for him instead.

And with that choice, Dalrymple followed a path that led him here, to lead Columbia College.

In a speech peppered with humor, Dalrymple had the audience erupting in laughter. He jokingly asked about his ability to make decrees, and declared cheeseburger sliders the official appetizer of the college. More seriously, he and his wife, Dr. Tina Dalrymple, vowed to visit every nationwide campus in his first year here.

Finally, Dalrymple talked about how a college like ours, one that serves the underserved, is so important, because he was one of the underserved.

Read more about Dr. Dalrymple at “Welcome, President Dalrymple.”

Media coverage was heavy in the month of January with the presidential introduction, selection and forums. To read more, click on a link below.

DEAR READER: Columbia College displays some sunshine in search for president” – Columbia Missourian
First of two Columbia College presidential candidates fields questions” – Columbia Daily Tribune
Public leaders: The case for open candidacies” – Columbia Daily Tribune
Columbia College trustees choose Scott Dalrymple as next president” – Columbia Daily Tribune
Scott Dalrymple: An important new local resident” – Columbia Daily Tribune
Columbia College president receptive in new job” – The Eagle 93.9 FM
Columbia College crowd cheers during incoming President Scott Dalrymple during formal introduction” – Columbia Daily Tribune