Columbia College Vice President for Adult Higher Education (AHE) Dr. Jeff Musgrove recently announced the retirement of Dr. Gary Massey, dean for Adult Higher Education, effective January 4, 2016. Massey has been part of the Columbia College staff for more than 22 years. Before joining Columbia College, Massey served as an active duty officer in the United States Coast Guard for 27 years.
“Gary has been a tremendous administrator and advocate for Columbia College,” Musgrove said. “He has made an impact in every role and location he has served in, and his experience and expertise will be missed.”
Massey, who is a 1985 graduate of Columbia College, has been associated with Columbia College since April 1993, first as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College-St. Louis. He then took over as campus director at the campus from 1995 to 2000. In 2003, he became the director of Columbia College-Jefferson City and served as regional director for the college’s Illinois campuses. In 2004, he became director of the Online Campus (now the Online Education program) and in 2005 was promoted to associate dean for AHE and the Online Campus. In February 2010, Massey was named to his current position as dean for AHE.
During his tenure with the college, Massey was instrumental in the significant enrollment growth and course expansion of the Online Campus. He provided the leadership and guidance that not only assisted the Online program but also the AHE campuses in delivering excellent customer service and quality academic programs to thousands of students.