President's Welcome

Each year, Columbia College celebrates with our extended community as thousands of students join the ranks of alumni. Everyone’s path to degree completion had its unique challenges, but each evokes a deep feeling of pride and accomplishment.

For the Columbia College Alumni Association, it is also a time of change, of “graduations,” as board members retire and move on to other roles in the campus community. Structural changes to the organization are being enacted, some minor and some more intricate. We have changed how we organize ourselves and have streamlined how we conduct business when the association meets. At the transition of these changes, I started my term as the president of the Alumni Advisory Board, following decades of darn fine people who have come before me as leaders of our organization.

This past April also saw the awarding of our annual Alumni Awards that were given at an alumni banquet at the main campus. After much deliberation, the awards subcommittee of the advisory board chose a slate of accomplished Columbia College alumni to recognize. Meeting these interesting, strong fellow alums and hearing their stories drives home how large and diverse our alumni community has developed over the course of more than 160 years. While our stories may differ, we’re all a part of the proud history of Columbia College.

I look forward to serving as your advisory board president and hearing more about your own path since graduation. I hope that you continue to embrace your alumni status as a source of pride and reach out to support fellowalumni in your community.

Joshua Muder ’99
CCAA Advisory Board President
ccaaprez@ccis.edu