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New director at Columbia College-Freeport

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Elizabeth Koeller has been named director of Columbia College-Freeport. In her new position, Koeller is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Freeport campus, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment and retention.

Koeller has previous experience in management and higher education. She was a speech pathologist for 20 years, director of a speech therapy program at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill., associate professor at Eastern Illinois University and instructor at Parkland College and at Highland Community College.

"It's an honor to lead this campus, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead," Koeller said. "Our office is a two-person team. We strive for professionalism and compassion, with more than a little fun thrown in."

Koeller received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Evansville and a master's in communication disorders and sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She plans to begin a doctoral program with an emphasis in adult education.

Columbia College-Freeport is one of the college's 34 nationwide campuses, including 17 on military bases. Established in 1996 on the campus of Highland Community College, Columbia College-Freeport was originally requested by community leaders who desired a four-year degree program in the city.

Columbia College, a private institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates 25,000 students each year and has more than 61,000 alumni worldwide.