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Columbia College announces new assistant dean for military and federal programs
Tuesday, October 07, 2008

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Ramona McAfee has been named assistant dean for military and federal programs for Columbia College. She will serve as the primary contact for the institution’s military partnerships, oversee the expansion of the college’s military programs, coordinate all military-related college marketing and informational materials and manage institutional participation in all military partnerships. Her duties also include supervision of the Redstone Arsenal (Ala.), Marysville/Everett (Wash.) and Whidbey Island (Wash.) campuses.

McAfee comes to the position with extensive experience in management and higher education administration on military installations. She previously served as director of distance education and military services at the University of Alaska system in Fairbanks. Other positions held during her 19-year tenure at the University of Alaska include director for the office of education services for the military, program director and academic advisor.

In September, McAfee was elected vice president and president-elect of the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES), an organization that consists of 23 colleges and universities that provide the majority of higher education to U.S. military members worldwide. NAIMES serves as an advisory resource to Department of Defense and military service higher education leaders. Columbia College has been a member of NAIMES since 2002.

Seventeen of the 34 Columbia College campuses are located on military bases, including one in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. One in every four students at Columbia College is in the military or is a military dependent.

"Educating military members and their families in today’s volatile world is not easy, but Columbia College is committed to doing so with superior customer service and the delivery of innovative curricula while maintaining the academic quality that is the college’s hallmark," said Dr. Gerald Brouder, president. "Ramona's extensive background in military education will certainly help advance the college's commitment to service members."

McAfee received a master's degree in public administration from the University of Alaska Southeast and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.