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New director appointed at Columbia College-St. Louis
Tuesday, July 11, 2006

(ST. LOUIS)-Debra Shrout has been selected as the director of Columbia College-St. Louis. In her new position, Shrout will be responsible for all day-to-day operations of the St. Louis campus, including student and faculty recruitment and retention, and class scheduling. She began her duties June 5.

Prior to joining Columbia College, Shrout served as chair of the English Department at Kirkwood High School and was responsible for a staff of 22 teachers. Her duties involved administering the hiring, curriculum, budget, scheduling and staff development for the department.

Shrout's extensive education experience includes teaching English, journalism and speech at the high school and college levels since 1975 and leading several local education groups aimed at education reform, school improvement and accreditation. She also was named Kirkwood High School 2002-2003 Teacher of the Year.

Shrout earned a specialist, master's and bachelor's degree in education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

"Debra's wealth of talent and experience, particularly in the areas of instruction and administration, will be an immense benefit to Columbia College-St. Louis," said Mike Randerson, vice president for Adult Higher Education. "We are very pleased to welcome her as part of our team."

Established in 1973 at the Army Reserve Personnel Center, Columbia College-St. Louis shortly thereafter moved to its present location on Woodson Road. The campus has served civilian and military adult learners in the St. Louis area for more than 30 years.

Columbia College serves nearly 25,000 students each year at its Day Campus, Online Campus, Graduate Studies Program and its 32 Nationwide Campuses.