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Columbia College employees make transformational gift to Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign

COLUMBIA, Mo., May 1 - Columbia College is pleased to announce an $111,000 gift from Barry Langford, assistant professor of criminal justice. Langford’s gift will support the Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign, which has received more than $1 million from the college’s faculty and staff, accounting for approximately 10 percent of all funds raised. To highlight this milestone, the college hosted a leadership gift announcement in Atkins-Holman Student Commons.

“The support we’ve received from our faculty and staff has been remarkable,” said Michael Kateman, executive director for Development, Alumni and Public Relations. “Our employees are committed to our students, and their gifts show in a very profound way that they want to see the college continue as a leader in providing quality higher education.”

Langford is the founding director of the college’s Mock Trial team, and his gift will support the Mock Trial Award, as well as scholarships for criminal justice and forensic science students. Langford’s gift also marks the first time a faculty member has given a leadership gift of $100,000 or more.

The Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign, which began in 2010, has raised more than $11 million to support the areas of arts and humanities, business, athletics, adult higher education and science.

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 80,000 alumni. For more information, visit