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Columbia College announces name of new science building

COLUMBIA, Mo., Feb. 28 - As construction on a state-of-the-art science center nears completion, the Columbia College Board of Trustees recently announced the building will be named the Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center. The board’s decision honors Brouder’s commitment to strengthening the sciences at Columbia College.

“President and Mrs. Brouder have made tremendous contributions to the college over the last 18 years,” said Daisy Grossnickle, chair of Columbia College’s Board of Trustees. “The naming of the building will provide a fitting and lasting tribute to their efforts.”

The Brouders’ mutual passion for the sciences stems from their profession of nursing. Both Dr. and Mrs. Brouder enjoyed distinguished nursing careers at the University of Missouri Health Sciences Center. Dr. Brouder holds four degrees - all in nursing - including a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas-Austin, a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and associate degree from Mayfair College, while Mrs. Brouder graduated from the Ravenswood Hospital School of Nursing.

“I’m truly honored and humbled by the board’s decision,” said Brouder. “The science center is a grand achievement, a milestone in my career.” Columbia College’s new science center will feature five general laboratories, a 126-seat auditorium, eight advanced labs and 18 faculty offices. A grand opening is slated for August.

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 Nationwide Campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military instillations, 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. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit