Scott Dalrymple to be Columbia College's next president

Friday, January 17, 2014 | 6:01 p.m. CST; updated 1:49 p.m. CST, Monday, January 20, 2014
Scott Dalrymple, a candidate for president of Columbia College, answers questions from students Monday during a visit to the Columbia College campus. Dalrymple, dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y., was selected as the next president.

COLUMBIA — Columbia College announced Friday that Scott Dalrymple will be its next president.

Dalrymple, dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in New York, was chosen following a nationwide search that included a pool of 64 applicants. The list was narrowed to two applicants, Dalrymple and Randy Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System.

Both Dalrymple and Hanna visited Columbia College earlier this week to speak with students, staff, faculty members and community leaders. Dalrymple focused on faculty governance, rising tuition, campus expansion and branding during his visit.

Columbia College's board of trustees made the final decision between the two candidates Friday.

"We were so very fortunate to have had two immensely qualified finalists," Daisy Grossnickle, chair of the board of trustees, said in a news release. "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."

Dalyrmple will be at Launer Auditorium at Columbia College at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday to meet with students, administrators and community members. The event will be streamed online at

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.

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