Columbia College Affinity Magazine: Spring 2021

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with Dr. Russell

As noted earlier in the “Letter from the President” portion of the magazine, former Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dr. David Russell, was named Interim President of Columbia College on January 7. Dr. Russell brings decades of experience in higher education and public service to the position. His commitment to steady leadership and communication will be critical as the college goes through this time of transition to select its 18th president. In the meantime, we asked Dr. Russell five questions to introduce him to our alumni community.

Spring 2021

You’ve been on the job as Interim President for nearly four months (at the time of publication). What has surprised or impressed you about CC?



I continue to be so impressed by the devotion of our alumni, friends, staff and administration to Columbia College and everything it stands for — its traditions, its commitment to providing our students with a quality education, its proven ability to adapt to changing conditions. If you have ever talked to alumnae of Christian College about their experiences, you’ve felt the love. Oh, the stories they tell, the enthusiasm they have for the college! It is amazing.