Columbia College Board Appoints Interim President

Columbia College’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, John C.B. Smith, announced the appointment of Carol A Moore, PhD, as the College’s interim president. Dr. Moore will fill the position held by Elizabeth Dinndorf, who is set to retire on June 30th.

Dr. Moore has been serving as the College’s Executive Vice President and Provost since joining the institution in September.

“The College is fortunate to have the expertise of Dr. Moore at this time in our history. Her steady and guiding hand; combined with a ‘get things done’ attitude bring a strong leadership to our storied and historical institution,” said Chairman Smith.

With more than 40 years of education experience at six institutions of higher education, Dr. Moore is already making her mark on the College. “When I arrived at Columbia College, I immediately fell in love with the College, its history and mission and with our students. We have a strong and dedicated faculty and staff who are committed to the success of the College and to the success of our students,” Dr. Moore said.

She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Biology from Montclair State University, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Northeastern University.

Dr. Moore started her career in education as a high school science teacher. After three years, she moved to the college level as professor of biology, division chairperson of science and technology, and subsequently assumed administrative roles at several private two- and four-year educational institutions. In 1992, she became provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Mercy College (NY). In this position she was responsible for the overall academic leadership of three branch campuses, 13 satellite sites, libraries, and computer services. In August of 1998, she assumed the presidency of Lyndon State College.

Throughout her administrative career, Dr. Moore has been committed to strategic planning, establishing a clear vision to ensure student success, new program development, retention, assessment, building a development effort, curricular “right sizing,” and women’s advancement in higher education.

Dr. Moore’s other professional experience highlights her commitment to education and continuing work in the field of science. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved in professional associations such as the National Association of Academic Affairs Administrators, the New England Estuarine Research Society, and the American Society of Zoologists; she has presented over 20 scientific and educational papers and is widely published in a variety of scientific and educational publications.

Dr. Moore has a strong commitment to empowering and instilling confidence in young girls as evidenced by her tenure on the Girl Scouts Council. Dr. Moore served on the Girl Scouts Council of Vermont Board of Directors from 2001 to 2008.

Between 1991 and 1992, she was a Senior Fellow at the American Council on Education (ACE). In 2007, ACE appointed Dr. Moore as chair to its Commission on Women in Higher Education (2007-2011) after having served on the Commission on Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness from 2004 to 2007.