Columbia College – Lake of the Ozarks celebrates 20th Anniversary

Campus has been educating Lake area students since 1990

Columbia College – Lake of the Ozarks campus will be celebrating 20 years of educating the Lake community on October 21-22 in Osage Beach, Mo. October 21 will be the student appreciation portion of the celebration and include refreshments, prize drawings and more.

The campus will then welcome alumni, faculty and staff, friends and other dignitaries for a reception on October 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to celebrate the proud history of the campus and look to the future of Columbia College.

The occasion provides the opportunity to say thank you to those who have been a part of the campus community and also reflect on the accomplishments of the last 20 years. The Lake campus has experienced many changes in the past two decades and interest in the campus has inspired growth in many different areas. With the enthusiastic leadership of Dr. John Keeney, who has served as the campus director since its inception, the Lake campus has increased from 52 enrollments in the first session in October of 1990 to over 1,000 enrollments currently.

“It has been a blessing to be involved with the development of the campus for the past 20 years.” Keeney said. “It has been a wonderful mix of the college providing educational opportunities for the community and the community supporting the college. We look forward to serving the Lake community for many years to come and adapting to its educational needs.”

Dr. Keeney and his staff recognized the needs of the Lake area educational landscape for a top-flight nursing program and also opened an outstanding new building in 2005. These events are just a few of the landmarks of the last 20 years that would not have been possible without the support of the Lake community and the heart of any college campus, the students and faculty.

Senior nursing student Chris Williams has recognized the quality of the faculty and staff during his time at Columbia College – Lake of the Ozarks and has welcomed the real-world experience he is accumulating.

“Being in the nursing program, it’s given me a lot of great experience when it comes to health care and what it’s actually going to be like in the medical field,” Williams said.

“The professors really care about their students and take the time to make sure the students understand the rationale behind the different things they are being taught.”

For more information on the 20th anniversary celebration, please contact Community and Alumni Relations Coordinator Sam Fleury at or (573) 348-4293.