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Dr. Lisa Ford-Brown

Lisa Ford-Brown

Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences

Dr. Ford-Brown earned her B.S. and M.A. at Indiana State University majoring in Speech Communication with minors in English, the Visual Arts, and Women Studies. She holds a PhD in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale. Dr. Ford-Brown has taught the introduction to public speaking course for over 25 years. Beyond her teaching responsibilities, she has assisted in the creations of a master degree at a previous institution as well as a minor and major in communication at Columbia College.

Portrait of Dr. Vordtriede-Patton

Sarah Vordtriede-Patton

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics

A widely published board certified entomologist, Dr. Vordtriede-Patton earned her Ph.D. from St. Louis University. She served as the medical entomologist for the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain, and was nominated as Most Outstanding Advisor while serving as a lecturer at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Vordtriede-Patton advanced from professor to interim Dean at St. Ambrose University before coming to Columbia College.

Dr. Shanda Traiser

Shanda Davis

Dean of the Robert W. Plaster School of Business

Dr. Davis has been involved in the business world for decades. With an MBA from Minnesota State University and a Ph.D. in Institutional Analysis from North Dakota State University, she has taught various business courses throughout the country and abroad. Dr. Davis served as Director of Strategic Planning and the Dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business prior to joining Columbia College.


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