Beth DinndorfPresident of Columbia College
Elizabeth A. “Beth” Dinndorf is the 18th president of Columbia College. An attorney and business executive with 17 years of leadership experience with a private women’s liberal arts college in her home state of Minnesota, Dinndorf assumed office on July 1, 2012. She resides in Columbia with her husband Ted O’Connell.
Under her leadership, Columbia College has embarked on a bold new direction to more fully integrate professional preparation with a liberal arts education. She has also introduced the new Momentum Scholarship, designed for engaged high school seniors whose personal determination to succeed may outshine their standardized test scores. The first class of Momentum Scholars will be admitted in Fall 2013, receiving scholarships from $14,000 up to full tuition.
A veteran senior business executive, Dinndorf is the former senior vice president and manager of student banking services at U.S. Bank in St. Paul, MN. She also served as senior vice president and national sales manager of education financial services at Wells Fargo Bank.
Dinndorf served in a variety of roles since the 1980s on the Board of Trustees of the College of Saint Benedict, a nationally ranked liberal arts college for women with over 2,000 students in St. Joseph, Minn. She chaired the board from 2010 until accepting her appointment at Columbia College.
Dinndorf received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the College of St. Benedict, and earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul in 1982. She is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle.
She is a member of the Columbia Rotary Club and the Midlands Business Leadership Group in Columbia, SC.
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