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(Columbia, Mo.) - John Hammill is the new director of Columbia College-Hancock Field. In his new position, Hammill is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Hancock Field campus, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment and retention. Tom Cason, former campus director, will serve as director of graduate programs and teach history and political science for the Hancock Field and Online Campuses until Dec. 1, when he retires.
Hammill, who holds a bachelor’s degree in public communications from Syracuse University and a master's in sociology from the University of Maryland, spent 20 years in the Army. He served in a variety of command and staff positions, teaching sociology and leadership at West Point Military Academy and also served as director of ROTC at Niagara University. After retiring from the Army, he continued at Niagara University as director of graduate admissions, and later served as manager of student services for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
“I look forward to the challenges and opportunities of leading this campus,” said Hammill. “Tom has done an amazing job over the years, and he's a hard act to follow."
Added Mike Randerson, vice president for Adult Higher Education, "Tom has performed splendidly over the years, and I am sad to see him go. But John [Hammill] brings a potent mix of high-level military and academic leadership to the table, and I am excited to have him on board."
Columbia College-Hancock Field is one of the college’s 34 nationwide campuses, including 17 on military bases. The Hancock Field campus was established in 1975 on the Hancock Air Force Base and later moved to the Air National Guard base in 1983. Today, the college continues to serve civilian and military adult learners in the area.