Columbia College Names Dalrymple as President

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Columbia College is pleased to announce Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D., has been named the 17th president of the college.

Dr. Scott Dalrymple

Columbia College is pleased to announce Scott Dalrymple, Ph.D., has been named the 17th president of the college. Dalrymple, who currently is dean for the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y., was recently introduced to students, faculty, staff and Columbia community members.

“After a comprehensive and far-reaching search, I’m delighted to announce that Dr. Scott Dalrymple has been unanimously selected as our 17th president,” said Daisy Grossnickle, chair of the college’s board of trustees. “We were so very fortunate to have had two immensely qualified finalists. During his visit, it became apparent that Scott had all the qualities we were looking for in a leader and aligned with our goals as an institution. He will be an excellent leader who will help usher in a new era of growth at the college.”

Dalrymple visited the college’s St. Louis and Columbia campuses Jan. 12 and 13, meeting with constituents including trustees, administrative council members, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.

The search for the college’s next president began shortly after Dr. Gerald Brouder, president emeritus, announced his retirement in January 2013. Details about the search process can be found online at

Dalrymple, a native of Nunda, N.Y., holds a doctorate degree in English, a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in English from the University at Buffalo, as well as a bachelor’s in English from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Prior to his work at Excelsior College, Dalrymple served as tenured chair and associate professor of business administration and accounting at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., from 2003 to 2010. Dalrymple also served as the Beech Professor of Business Administration, department chair of the business, accounting and economics department, and director of the MBA program at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., from 1999 to 2003.

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 Nationwide 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. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni. For more information, visit

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