Vice President for Columbia College Global

Columbia University
Columbia, Missouri

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Vice President for Columbia College Global

Columbia College invites applications, expressions of interest, and nominations of candidates in its search for the Vice President for Columbia College Global (CCG). This position requires a highly collaborative leader who can lead the operational aspects of CCG and work closely with key stakeholders at the College to develop and execute future strategies.

Founded in 1851, Columbia College is dedicated to improving lives through higher education. As a private, nonprofit, coeducational liberal arts and sciences college, the College takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty, and quality educational programs. Since its modest beginning, Columbia College has flourished in size and has become a nationally recognized educational institution. Columbia College has a traditional campus and active evening program in Columbia, Missouri, additional venues across the U.S. and Cuba, and a robust online presence. The College serves more than 10,000 students and is unique in its ability to provide multiple access points to high-quality education. The College offers associate’s and bachelor's degrees as well as master's degrees at the main campus, selected venues, and online. Columbia College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The Vice President for CCG reports directly to the President and serves as an active contributor to the strategic direction of the College as part of the senior leadership team. This position has administrative oversight of more than 40 physical locations across 15 states as well as online student services. The Vice President will collaborate across the College to ensure strong enrollments, adequate academic support for CCG’s on-ground and online students, the strategic marketing of the CCG brand, and strengthened relationships with military and industry partners.

The new Vice President for CCG will be an innovative and energetic leader and able to articulate the value of a Columbia College education to a wide and varied audience. An understanding of partnerships with military bases/installations and experience working with active-duty military and veteran learners is highly desired in this position. A master’s degree is required; a doctoral degree is preferred.

The ideal candidate will possess

  • a passion for the mission of Columbia College and a commitment to high-quality and flexible education;
  • an understanding of the needs of military-connected students, working professionals, and adult learners to help them achieve their academic and professional goals;
  • the capacity to provide strategic leadership at the highest levels and advocate for resources to support the growth of CCG;
  • a collaborative approach to leadership along with the ability to work with offices across the institution, especially Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management and Marketing;
  • an understanding and appreciation for a distributed operations model and the complexities of leading academic sites in multiple locations across several states;
  • experience managing financial and human resources and allocating them effectively; experience using data analytics and design thinking to inform and shape strategy;
  • expertise in championing an institution-wide commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence; an understanding of current and changing regulatory and compliance requirements that govern the operations of sites within different state policies;
  • skills in hiring, motivating, and developing staff, fostering teamwork, and managing change;
  • outstanding communication skills and the ability to clearly articulate strategies, direction, and outcomes;
  • the ability to foster a very inclusive and collegial working environment while promoting accountability;
  • entrepreneurial thinking coupled with a willingness to take calculated risks; and the ability to build and maintain relationships across both military and civilian organizations.

More detailed information about the opportunity may be found at

Nominations and Applications

Review of candidates will begin immediately. A cover letter and CV/resume will be required for full consideration. For best consideration, please send all confidential nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest to:

Julie E. Tea, Managing Director
Brian Bustin, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search

[email protected]

Columbia College is committed to creating an inclusive employee experience for all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability. The College maintains a safe place for open discourse; supports activities that promote diversity and inclusion; and overall, fosters a sense of community that welcomes everyone.

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