- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 11, 2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Columbia College has a new person at the helm.

The school’s Board of Trustees on Monday named William T. Bogart as the school’s 20th president.

Bogart, 56, previously served as president of Maryville College in Tennessee from 2010 to 2020. During his tenure, he led two strategic planning efforts to secure the largest gift in the college’s history while increasing annual fund giving by 40%. That increased net assets from $77 million to $145 million and endowment from $51 million to $91 million, news outlets reportred.

“As Columbia College transitions to its new coed status and expands its role in the Capital City, Dr. Bogart is well-positioned to lead the college into the future. He has been an effective, innovative and collaborative higher education leader for 30 years. His academic focus on urban economic development will be valuable to the college and to the City of Columbia,” said Board Chair Thomas C. Keith.

Bogart will replace Dr. Carol A. Moore who stepped down in March after four years in the top leadership role. He will begin his tenure at Columbia College on Oct. 1. Until then, former president Dr. Peter Mitchell will continue in his interim role as president, the university said.

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