New administration takes root at Columbia College

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:53 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 21, 2014
Scott Dalrymple and his wife, Tina, are greeted after a welcome ceremony for Scott Dalrymple. He was selected as the 17th president of Columbia College.

COLUMBIA — There has been a changing of the guard at Columbia College.

Scott Dalrymple has started his first year as president, and the college is searching for a replacement for Bob Hutton, the former executive director.

The college also hired Jeffrey Musgrove as the new vice president for adult higher education. Musgrove previously had oversight of campuses in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the college's southeast regional director.

Dalrymple was selected to replace Gerald Brouder in January and began his term May 1. Dalrymple was selected, in part, because of his administrative experience at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.

Both Excelsior College and Columbia College operate a "brick-and-mortar" campus and also maintain an emphasis on online education.

Dalrymple said he plans to visit all 35 Columbia campuses in the United States within his first year. He's scheduling conversations with faculty, staff, students, alumni and trustees to decide what's best for the college.

"The college has been around 163 years. I've been here three months," Dalrymple said "It'd be a little presumptuous for me to tell everybody what to do. I'm learning and listening."

The conversations will serve to better acquaint him with the college, he said, as well as to identify "strengths and weakness, opportunities and threats."

Hutton is retiring from his post as executive director of administrative services. Dalrymple said the position, which oversees the maintenance of campus facilities, is being advertised locally.

"Hopefully we'll have somebody in place by the end of September," Dalrymple said.

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