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Columbia College executive director of Administrative Services announces retirement

COLUMBIA, Mo., June 23 - Bob Hutton, executive director for Administrative Services at Columbia College announced his retirement effective September 26, 2014.

“After a distinguished career leading various initiatives at the college, Bob plans to begin a richly deserved retirement this fall,” said Dr. Scott Dalrymple, president of Columbia College.

Hutton has led the college’s Administrative Services division for more than 18 years, overseeing a multi-million budget for construction projects and property acquisition. During his tenure, Columbia College has added or acquired 12 new structures, including major building projects such as Southwell Gymnasium, Atkins-Holman Student Commons and the new Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center. Hutton also helped increase the college’s physical footprint nationwide, overseeing the acquisition of the Rolla, St. Louis and Jefferson City campus buildings, and the construction of the Lake of the Ozarks campus. Due to Hutton’s guidance, the college has no deferred maintenance.

“I’m very proud of the progress (the college) has made,” said Hutton. “Our grounds and facilities are noted in the community - that gives me a lot of pride.”

Prior to working at Columbia College, Hutton was the director of Facilities at Stephens College for more than five years. He also served on the Columbia City Council for 12 years. The college plans to begin a search for a new executive director of Administrative Services immediately.

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 Schools. Columbia College has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit