Dear Students and Alumni,
This spring brings many exciting changes and happenings at Columbia Southern University. The first of which is our 25th anniversary celebration. We’ve come a long way since 1993, but we’ve never lost sight of the values and family culture on which CSU was founded.
As you may recall, I recently sent an email to students announcing my transition out of the role of president of CSU. I will still be very much involved with CSU as I continue as the CEO of Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of CSU and its sister institution, Waldorf University. It took years of thought and prayer to make this decision, but I truly believe it is the best decision for the school—and what better time than now, our 25th anniversary.
Beginning May 1, 2018, CSU’s Chief of Staff, Ken Styron, will transition into the role of president. Since joining CSU in 2002, Ken has greatly impacted the university and has an excellent understanding of all the University’s operations. He has grown from director of IT, vice president of instructional design and technology, chief information officer and chief of staff. I have no doubt that his experience and passion for innovation will lead CSU to great heights. I look forward to continuing to work with Ken.
So your new president, Ken Styron, will pen the next message that you receive. My hope is that you will welcome him as warmly as you did for me when this column first began six years ago. I am grateful for the journey that we’ve been on for the past 25 years, and for each and every one of you who have made CSU part of your journey to personal growth. As 2018 progresses, I am looking forward to a bright future for CSU—and for you!