September 22, 2023

Alumni in the News

First Female Fire Chief Serving as Director for Emergency Preparedness
Cindy Dick became the first female fire chief for the Tallahassee Fire Department and served in this role for eight years. Dick was with the Tallahassee Fire Department for a total of 27 years before retiring in 2013. She then went on to the Florida Department of Health and serves as the director of the Emergency Preparedness & Community Support Program. She earned her MBA with a concentration in public administration from Columbia Southern University.

CSU Alumnus Promoted to Editor
The Kingman Daily Miner newspaper has been a staple for the Arizona community for over 135 years. The Miner promoted Shawn Byrne from supervising reporter to editor. Along with a career in accounting for 20+ years, he also served with the U.S. Air Force and held the role of athletic director at Kingman Academy High School. Byrne began his writing career within the news industry in 2000 and earned awards for his spectacular sports writing. He earned a B.S. in business administration from CSU.

Two CSU Alumni Running for Fire Chief Position
The Vashon Island Fire & Rescue is searching for the next fire chief. Among the five candidates, two are Columbia Southern University graduates. Norman Seals, assistant chief of the Emergency Medical Service Bureau for the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department for the past four years, earned his B.S. in organizational leadership from CSU. Seals is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same discipline from CSU. Robert Ferguson, who is currently the fire chief for the Grand Valley Fire Protection District in Colorado, is also running for this spot. He has served in this capacity for a decade. Ferguson earned his associate of applied science degree in fire science administration from CSU and is pursuing a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in public administration.

CSU Graduate Announces Engagement
Aaron Holley, a welding inspector in Orlando, will wed Megan Bedenbaugh in June of 2017 in Pomaria. Holley is a Columbia Southern University graduate with a B.S. in environmental management. Bedenbaugh will graduate with her master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Winthrop University.