COLUMBIA — David "Mike" Randerson, vice president for adult higher education at Columbia College for almost 18 years, will retire at the end of January 2014, the college announced Wednesday.
Gary Massey, dean for adult higher education, will serve as interim vice president until a new college president is chosen. That person can then find a permanent successor for Randerson. Gerald Brouder recently retired as president, and Terry Smith is interim president while a search is conducted for Brouder's successor.
Randerson, 64, started his current position in April 1996, though it was called dean for extended studies then. Before that, he worked in the division as an assistant to then interim Dean Tom Schmidt.
Randerson says he is most proud of the growth and progress the college's vast online campus has made because it provides access to higher education for people who can't get to a classroom. In 2005, his division became responsible for the online campus, the creation of which Randerson credited to Smith.
Randerson also is proud of the increase in Columbia College locations to 35 from 20; a number of them are on military bases.
But he is ready for retirement.
"Very much of this is for my wife and I and the standard stuff of dealing with keeping up with eight grandchildren," Randerson said.
He said he and his wife have a "bucket list" they want to start checking off, including hiking and biking in New Zealand. They also plan to hike and bike through as many national parks "as long as our health holds out."
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