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Columbia College vice president announces retirement after 18-year 'illustrious career'

COLUMBIA, Mo., Aug. 21, 2013 -- David “Mike” Randerson, vice president for adult higher education at Columbia College announced his retirement effective Jan. 31, 2014.

“After an illustrious first career in the air force and a second successful career in higher education, Mike plans to begin a well-deserved retirement this winter,” said Dr. Terry Smith, interim president of Columbia College.

Randerson has led the division of Adult Higher Education for nearly 18 years, and during his tenure, Columbia College has seen tremendous growth. The nationwide and online offerings for the college educate more than 30,000 students annually.

“I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity to have served alongside my colleagues as we have become a national model,” said Randerson. “However, I now look forward with anticipation to spending more time with my wife and family, and crossing off items on my bucket list.” Randerson will remain an engaged advocate for the college and division, and will remain on the presidential search committee, at the request of the chairs of the Board of Trustees and the presidential search committee.

Dr. Gary Massey, current Dean for Adult Higher Education, has been appointed by Smith to serve as the interim vice president effective February 1, 2014. At that time, Massey will assume the role and all responsibilities previously held by Randerson as the vice president for Adult Higher Education. Once a new president is in place, a search for a permanent vice president will begin.

“I am humbled and honored by this appointment,” said Massey. “We will continue to build on the progress that has been made in Adult Higher Education over its 40-year history.”

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 has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit