2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook 
    May 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog and Student Handbook

Advancement and Foundation

The Office of Advancement works in concert with the Office of the President to accomplish the vision for the College and to encourage the College's many constituencies to promote its mission, growth, and development through their advocacy and financial support.  The office includes fund development, government and community relations, grants, alumni relations, and special events.

The Columbia State Community College Foundation was formed in 1971 as an institutionally related, yet independently chartered and separate 501(c) (3). Trustees are leaders in Columbia State's service area who contribute their time, experience, funds, and wisdom in selfless services to the College and community.  The Foundation's mission is to support and partner with Columbia State to positively impact our communities and student success through the maintenance and enhancement of resources.  This is achieved by excellence in relationship building, fundraising, and investment management.

Foundation Scholarships - These private scholarships, available through the Columbia State Foundation, are made through the generosity of individuals, businesses and organizations.  Awards are based on donor and Foundation criteria and funding.  Scholarship application must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by March 15, priority deadline.

2024-2025 Foundation Board

  • Mike Keny, Vice-Chair
  • Brandon R. Belote, III
  • Tyler Berry
  • Charlie Brinkley
  • Nancy Conway
  • Elizabeth Crutcher
  • Bryon Davis
  • Ryan Durham
  • Clint Evers
  • Michael A. Franks, Jr.
  • Dr. Jeff Kegarise
  • Dr. Amit Keswani
  • John K. Langsdon, III.
  • Lee Maddox
  • Caleb Mathis
  • Juanita Patton
  • Rena Purdy
  • Donna Roberts
  • Robert Rogers
  • Stacey Shedd
  • Pam Stephens
  • Con Vrailas
  • Susan Whitaker
  • Barry B. White
  • Michael B. White
  • Brandon Whiteside
  • Chad Williams


Constituent Members

  • Dr. Janet F. Smith, President (ex-officio)
  • Bethany Lay, Executive Director and Secretary (ex-officio)
  • Tammy Borren, Treasurer (ex-officio)
  • Edward J. Campbell, President of the Athletic Boosters' Club
  • Matt Lewis, Professional Staff Organization Chair
  • Greg Mewbourn, Faculty Senate President
  • Heather Reynolds, Support Staff Council Chair

First Farmers Performance Series

The First Farmers Performance Series was created with the support of the Columbia State Foundation to provide students and the surrounding communities access to the performing arts.  Hosted throughout the year in the Cherry Theater, the series brings together varied talented musicians and productions.

Pryor Art Gallery

The purpose and mission of the Pryor Art Gallery is to present varied exhibits and programs that inspire, educate and encourage appreciation of the visual arts.

The gallery is a first-class artistic venue where appreciation for the visual arts is embraced. It is open to the public and free of charge.

The gallery was named in honor of LaRue V. Pryor, educator and avid supporter of the visual arts and wife of Columbia State's first president, Dr. Harold S. Pryor.

See College website for more information about the Pryor Art Gallery and First Farmers Performance Series.