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Dr. Gerald T. Brouder, Columbia College president, is one of the recipients of the Columbia Business Times' first Titan Award in education for outstanding service, commitment and fiscal responsibility in support of higher education for nearly 15 years.
Other Titan Awards were given in the fields of philanthropy, finance, employment and deal making. And Lindsay Young Lopez, the college's senior director of Development, was named a top 20 professional under 40 by the Times.
Under Brouder's leadership, Columbia College has grown from a small liberal arts college with a few campuses in 1995 to an online education leader with 35 Nationwide Campuses, growing enrollment and a stable financial base. In a time of almost universal shrinking in higher education, Brouder has presided over nearly continuous physical growth, growth in the number of faculty and in degrees offered and improved and more rigorous curricula.
"It is an honor to win this award," said Brouder. "It is always nice to be recognized by one's peers and the community at large. But the award more properly belongs to Columbia College – its students, faculty and staff, for making the college's star burn so brightly."
Lopez, who began her career at Columbia College in 2008, oversees contributor appreciation and stewardship, advancement services, research, endowment and planned gift administration, and serves as campaign manager for the college’s science initiative, which seeks to construct a state-of-the art science building on the Columbia College main campus. She previously served as the director of external relations for the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri. She is active in the community, working with the Columbia Commission on Cultural Affairs and Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre; she also is a Columbia Chamber of Commerce representative and a member and past president of the Columbia 20/20 Lions Club.
"I am thrilled to be included in such a group of successful and passionate young business leaders," she said. "It's quite an honor." But Lopez, too, credits others with her success: "What I love most about working in the development field is the opportunity to build relationships. It is the contributors, alumni and friends who care about the institution, who have invested in its future, that makes Columbia College great," said Lopez.
Lopez and Brouder accepted the awards the evening of August 6 at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Missouri.