December 1, 2023

Graduate and CSU receive special honors

Dear Students and Alumni,

Each year in April, our accreditor, the Distance Education and Training Council, holds its annual conference.

One of the conference sessions is for institutions like CSU to present their DETC Outstanding Graduate Award to their selected graduate. This year, I was proud to present the award from Columbia Southern University to Chief Chad Carey.

Carey is the fire chief at Baugo Indiana Fire Department and a 2014 CSU graduate with a MBA degree with the concentration in public administration. Carey was also admitted into the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He is a fine example of CSU and credit to our university. You can read more about him in this article.

In my last letter, I mentioned the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation TAMPA2, the 10th anniversary of the firefighter life safety initiatives. During the summit, CSU was presented a plaque for its support and has a brick in the “Walk of Honor” at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

newbuildingcsu-620x350Back on campus, our new facility construction is moving forward very well and is expected to be completed in May. All of us at CSU and Waldorf are excited about this expansion as it will greatly increase our ability to host meetings, training events, and will provide additional office space.

I am honored to host the CSU Board of Trustees onsite each April. We have a very dedicated and accomplished board. (

For those of you graduates planning to attend the 2014 CSU Commencement Ceremony, remember to register if you have not already. Retired Marine Lt. Col Oliver North is our keynote speaker.

Thank you once again for choosing CSU.

Robert Mayes


One Comment

  1. Sean Brown

    To whom it may concern,
    Approximately two years ago I inquired as to Columbia Southern University’s possible future regional accreditation and that the University had plans to seek that particular accreditation. Are there plans in Columbia Southern’s future to obtain Regionally accredited status? I ask this due to several potential job offers that I have been considered for not accepting the distance education training and not being regionally accredited. I have applied to several graduate schools and have found few that will accept my transcripts for acceptance into the program that I am pursuing. I am currently serving as a civilian government employee in the Pensacola area and I have spoken with quite a few current and past military and civilian students that have expressed the same
    concern that I have.

    If regional accreditation is achieved how far back would the university go in grandfathering previous students the same status. I graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s in occupational safety and health and would like to know if it will ever fall into a regionally accredited status. Thank you for your time with addressing this matter.

    Sean Brown