PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College President Gerald Brouder readies for retirement

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 7:58 p.m. CDT; updated 8:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Columbia College employees surprise retiring President Gerald Brouder by lining the sidewalk and applauding the couple as they left campus Tuesday. Brouder's retirement will take effect Thursday.

COLUMBIA — As Gerald Brouder, 16th president of Columbia College, left campus Tuesday with his wife Bonnie, people lined the sidewalk cheering, clapping and eventually waving goodbye.

Brouder, 70, has been president of the college since 1995. In January, he announced his retirement, which will take effect Thursday. He will be succeeded by interim President Terry Smith, who attended the send-off ceremony outside St. Clair Hall at Columbia College.

During Brouder's tenure, Columbia College's endowment has grown from $2.5 million in 1995 to more than $100 million, and the alumni association has grown from one employee to six , according to previous Missourian reporting. 

"I have no greater pride and satisfaction than to have served this fine institution," Brouder said when he announced his retirement in January.

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