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Columbia College Trustees honor Brouder with “emeritus” status

Today the Board of Trustees for Columbia College bestowed the title of President Emeritus on President Gerald T. Brouder.

“I am so thrilled to be honored with the title President Emeritus,” said Gerald T. Brouder, 16th president of Columbia College. “It has been my humble honor to serve this great institution for 18 years, working with an incredible faculty and staff to make this a model institution. Columbia College will remain a big part of who I am, and I am pleased to continue to serve the college in an emeritus role.”

“This is only the second time the Trustees have honored a president with the title ‘emeritus,’ said Daisy Grossnickle, chair of the Columbia College Board of Trustees. “Dr. Brouder’s leadership has been invaluable to the success of the college for the past 18 years, and has ensured a bright future.”

The only other Columbia College president to receive the honor of the title President Emeritus was Luella St. Clair-Moss, for whom St. Clair Hall is named. She served the college for 21 years from 1893-1897, 1899-1903 and 1909-1920.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit ###