Dean of Students


Staff Bios

Dr. LaNaé Budden served as the Director of Student Activities prior to becoming Dean of Students in July 2011.  The Dean of Students oversees all programs, activities and personnel of the Division of Student Affairs, including Counseling Services, Multicultural Affairs & Community Resources, Residence Life and Housing, and Student Activities. In addition, the Dean provides direction for student publications, new student orientation, student leadership training programs and campus-wide judicial processes. The Dean also works collaboratively with the Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence to promote students’ active engagement in the life of the college. While the majority of the Dean’s focus is on the students in the Women’s College, she is also involved as needed in issues relating to Evening and Graduate Students. The Dean of Students is a visible and active member of the campus community.


Mikayla Woodward is the Graduate Assistant for Student Affairs at Columbia College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Mikayla comes with an array of experience in Student Activities and Student Affairs, and she is looking forward to learning even more in her new role working with the Dean of Students and the Columbia College Student Governing Association.


Brenda Greene is the Administrative Coordinator for the Division of Student Affairs. She has worked at the College for over 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge. Some of Brenda’s job duties include overseeing the administration of campus mailboxes and organizing the regalia and class rings ordering processes.

A Message from Dean Budden

Dear Students,

On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 academic year at Columbia College! Whether you are a first-year student, a new transfer student, or a returning student, we hope the year ahead will provide you with countless opportunities to grow intellectually, to develop your leadership skills, and to interact with the amazing faculty, staff, and students who make up our com­munity of scholars.

I hope that you will use the Student Handbook as a resource to answer questions you may have about services provided to you as a student, resources available to support your academic and personal development, campus expectations, opportunities for involvement, and guidelines for effective decision-making as a member of the Columbia College community. While the Student Handbook has been developed to assist you throughout this academic year, it does not constitute the whole of college policies concerning students. The Columbia College Bulletin and other official publications and contracts are also important references, and it is your responsibility to know and understand the expectations outlined for you as a Columbia College student. Please note that the College reserves the right to alter its policies, procedures, or other information listed in the Student Handbook at any time.

As you begin the academic year, I also hope that you will visit the offices constituting the Division of Student Affairs during this academic year, which includes the offices of Counseling Services, Dean of Students, Multicultural Affairs & Community Resources, Residence Life & Housing, and Student Activities. Our goal is to provide a challenging yet supportive environment that encourages you to set and achieve meaningful goals, develop habits for academic and personal success, engage in the campus community, contribute actively outside of the classroom, and fulfill your potential as a Columbia College student and future alum! We want to assist you in your journey to become your best self.

 Best wishes for this academic year! If I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


LaNaé Budden, Ed.D.
Dean of Students
Office of Student Affairs