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Columbia College hires new director; Fort Stewart, Ga. campus welcomes Richard Conroy

Conroy will manage day-to-day operations of the Fort Stewart, Ga., campus, overseeing all aspects of the academic program in addition to coordinating student and faculty recruitment and retention. “We are very excited to welcome Richard to the Columbia College family,” said Mike Randerson, vice president for Adult Higher Education at Columbia College. “He has a solid educational background in a variety of fields that will help him provide leadership and direction to the students at Fort Stewart.”

Conroy previously taught online courses in crisis intervention for criminal justice, emergency medical services and mental health students for Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. He also served as program development administrator for the university’s Workforce Education and External Partnerships program. He held the position of interim director of university police for Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., and served as assistant chief of police for St. Cloud, Fla.

“Columbia College has an excellent reputation within military communities for providing quality educational opportunities,” said Conroy. “My goal is to continue that tradition.”

Conroy earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and journalism from the University of Richmond, Richmond, Va. He has a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Conroy also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Quantico, Va.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 27,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit