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Columbia College Selects New President

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Columbia, CA — Effective Jan. 1 Columbia College will have a new president.

Joan Smith will take over the reigns of the two year institution from Jim Riggs who´ll be returning to the classroom in a teaching capacity after serving as the school´s president for nine years.

Smith is currently the executive vice president of student learning at Ventura College. She has agreed to a three year contract that will pay her $150,000 annually.

Smith has a bachelor´s degree in anthropology, psychology and sociology along with a master´s degree in vocational rehabilitation and an educational doctorate degree in higher education.

From an original field of 59 applicants, Smith was one of three finalists for the position.