Dr. Piyusha Singh

Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple announced today that Dr. Piyusha Singh will serve as the college’s first chief of staff. In her new role, Singh will assist in examining and responding to important issues that span across the college while also continuing to serve as the vice president of Online Education. Her new title will be vice president and chief of staff.

“The addition of a chief of staff allows me to better leverage time and resources while increasing efficiency and effectiveness,” said Dalrymple. “Dr. Singh has my complete confidence, and I look forward to working with her as she defines an important new role for the college.”

Since joining the college in June 2015, Singh has worked tirelessly to enhance the online program for students and instructors alike. She and her team have worked with faculty to update more than 200 online classes with the goal of creating an even better student experience in all courses and degree paths.

Singh has also played a key role in ensuring curricula throughout the college’s Day, Evening, Adult Higher Education and Online Education offerings are in lockstep across all programs. During the Fall 2016 Semester, 73 percent of all Columbia College students took at least one course online, with the majority combining their online education with in-seat offerings.

Singh holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and geography from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. She has taught courses in informatics and criminal justice at both the University of Albany and Excelsior College. She also served as a program director for the master’s degree in criminal justice at Excelsior College.