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Columbia College hires Friederichs as director of Denver campus

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Columbia College is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Allison Friederichs to move from assistant director to director of Columbia College-Denver.

“Over the past few years, Allison has done a remarkable job within our organization as assistant director at our Denver campus,” said Gary Oedewaldt, associate dean for Adult Higher Education at Columbia College. “We look forward to working with Allison in her new role.”

Friederichs will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the campus, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment.

Prior to joining the college, Friederichs served as a freelance communication consultant where she provided services to business, corporate and academic clients on areas such as conflict management, interpersonal communication and workplace communication. In this role, she achieved several professional milestones, which included researching and designing new courses for University College at the University of Denver and creating corporate seminars for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. Friederichs also served as an adjunct communications instructor at the University of Denver and Regis University.

Friederichs holds a bachelor’s in organizational communication from Indiana University-Indianapolis and received a master’s and Ph.D. in human communication from the University of Denver.

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 31,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit