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The Columbia College Board of Trustees announced in June that Daisy Grossnickle of Columbia, Mo., has been elected the new chair of the board. Grossnickle follows Dan Scotten, who stepped aside after serving six years as chairman of the board. Scotten will remain a member of the board.
Grossnickle is a 1966 graduate of Christian College, which was renamed Columbia College in 1970 when it opened its doors to men and women. She has served on the board of trustees since 1982 and is a member of the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Educational Policies Committee and Physical Plant and Technology Committee.
“I am extremely honored to be elected chair of the board of trustees,” said Grossnickle. “This college has been a part of my life for nearly 40 years, first as a student, then as an alumni board member and for the last 23 years as a board of trustees member. My two daughters also graduated from Columbia College.”
“The college is in a strong financial position thanks to the hard work of the board, administration, faculty and staff,” said Grossnickle. “We do have important challenges ahead of us in terms of constructing a new building for our science labs, renovating Missouri Hall, increasing the endowment and continuing the emphasis on providing our students with a quality academic experience.”
This is the first time in the college’s 154-year history that a woman has been elected to chair the board of trustees. The first female to be elected president of the college was Luella St. Clair in 1893.
Scotten said Grossnickle is the ideal person to lead the college at this time. “I hoped that a woman would be elected chair of the board when I stepped aside, but that’s not why Daisy was chosen,” said Scotten. “She was elected because she has the leadership skills, vision and decades of experience as a board member to help the college continue to prosper.”
Dr. Gerald Brouder, president of Columbia College, said Scotten leaves a strong legacy as board chairman. “Dan made many important contributions to the college during his six-year tenure as chairman of the board,” said Brouder. “He attended just about every significant event the college hosted during those years. He was a steady supporter of the faculty, staff and students, and a strong presence on campus. I am pleased he is remaining on the board.”
Columbia College serves more than 20,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Evening Campus, 30 Extended/Nationwide Campuses, Online Campus and Graduate Studies Program.
The college was founded in 1851 as Christian Female College.