Dr. Gerald T. Brouder to retire as president of Columbia College
By Laura Daugherty
After nearly 18 years as president of Columbia College, Dr. Gerald T. Brouder will retire from an institution forever changed by his innovative leadership and strong commitment to service—the culmination of a professional life founded by those ideals long before he began his tenure at Columbia College.
Presidential Search Committee Update:
Upon Dr. Brouder’s departure in August 2013, Dr. Terry Smith, currently the Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, will serve as interim president until the 17th president of Columbia College can be named.
A search committee, chaired by Rev. Dr. John Yonker, was announced Jan. 18, 2013. For more details on these individuals, the interim president and the search process in general, please visit the Presidential Search website.
During his service as president of Columbia College, the institution saw tremendous growth as a global force in higher education, particularly in the fields of online education, science and mathematics education, and the education of working adults and U.S. military servicemembers. Currently, the college has 35 campuses in 13 states, including 18 campuses on military bases. In 2000, the college created an Online Campus, which in 2011 offered 800 undergraduate classes and served 23,878 students. Under Dr. Brouder’s leadership, the college has made $53 million in property acquisitions, constructions and renovations in Columbia and at Nationwide campuses. Dr. Brouder also was responsible for the expansion of science and math curricula at the college. The nursing programs in Columbia and at the Lake of the Ozarks campus are a testament to the belief that college is both an opportunity to learn and serve. This fall, Dr. Brouder’s legacy and commitment to the sciences will be completely realized when a state-of-the-art science facility opens in Columbia.
An Army veteran, Dr. Brouder earned a Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas-Austin, and served as a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Missouri. He spent 17 years at the university where he held a variety of positions including interim chancellor, deputy chancellor, provost and various other administrative positions on campus and at the medical center. He was appointed the 16th president of Columbia College in 1995.
Dr. Brouder has actively served the Columbia community as a member of several local civic and service organizations, including as a past president, vice-president and campaign chairman of the Columbia Area United Way. He was recently named 2011 Citizen of the Year by the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. In 2012, he earned the prestigious Phillip Sirotkin Award, the highest award given by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, for his exemplary leadership in advancing Midwestern higher education.
Dr. Brouder will leave an institution forever changed, though even in his departure his leadership will propel the college far into the future.