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Columbia College promotes Gray to assistant director

COLUMBIA, Mo., May 20 - Columbia College is pleased to announce the promotion of Justin Gray from manager of digital marketing to assistant director of digital marketing.

“Justin has played a key role in expanding the college’s digital footprint, implementing our content marketing, internet-based advertising and search engine optimization initiatives,” said Lana Poole, executive director of marketing at Columbia College. “We look forward to working with him in his expanded role.”

Gray will lead efforts to integrate digital marketing into all aspects of marketing and piloting innovative digital initiatives. He also will work to make sure that the college’s traditional and digital marketing tactics work together under one comprehensive strategy.

Prior to joining the college, Gray served as a search engine optimization specialist for the Westlake, California-based, where he helped companies bolster their online presence. Gray holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and computer science from the University of Missouri.

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 worldwide. For more information, visit