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Columbia College on Friday named Scott Dalrymple as the 17th president of the college.

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Scott Dalrymple

Dalrymple, who currently is dean for the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College, Albany, N.Y., will be introduced to students, faculty, staff and Columbia community members on Wednesday. The event will be held at 9:45 a.m. in Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus.

“After a comprehensive and far-reaching search, I’m delighted to announce that Dr. Scott Dalrymple has been unanimously selected as our 17th president,” said Daisy Grossnickle, chairwoman of the college’s board of trustees. “We were so very fortunate to have had two immensely qualified finalists. 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. He will be an excellent leader who will help usher in a new era of growth at the college.”

Dalrymple visited the college’s St. Louis and Columbia campuses Jan. 12 and 13.

The presidential search began shortly after Dr. Gerald Brouder, president emeritus, announced his retirement in January 2013.

With more than 30 nationwide campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes.

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