Suzanne Rothwell has been promoted to vice president of advancement at Columbia College after serving four years as the executive director in the same division.  

Rothwell joined Columbia College in 2012 as a senior director of public relations, where she worked to enhance the image of the college locally and nationally, according to a Wednesday news release from college President Scott Dalrymple. 

“I am proud to be part of the Columbia College family and appreciate the confidence Dr. Dalrymple has shown in not only myself, but our entire Advancement team,” Rothwell said in the release. 

Dalrymple praised Rothwell's work.

“Suzanne is focused on putting her team in a position to succeed every day, and those efforts have obviously been fruitful,” he said.

Rothwell's fundraising efforts produced "the best fundraising year in the college’s 168-year history in 2018 and the third-best total in 2019," the release said. She also played a key role in managing a seven-figure donation that was the largest gift in the history of the college.

Rothwell also is active in the community as a member and past president of the board of directors for the Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation, an emerita ambassador for the Columbia Chamber of Commerce and a member of the board for the College of Human Environmental Sciences at MU, among other activities.

As vice president of advancement, Rothwell will continue to oversee the offices of development, alumni and public relations at the college.

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