Columbia College President Scott Dalrymple recently announced the promotion of Mark Falkowski to the position of vice president and general counsel. Falkowski became the college’s first general counsel in October 2016.

In this new role, Falkowski will continue to serve as legal counsel for the college but will now oversee the college’s Human Resources office and continue to oversee the office of Institutional Compliance.

“With 36 locations across the country, Columbia College faces a complex and ever-changing legal environment,” said Dalrymple. “Mark’s leadership in this area makes us a stronger institution.”

Missouri Lawyers Media honored Falkowski in November with its “In-House Counsel of the Year” award for 2017 as a top lawyer in the nonprofit or government organization category. Falkowski was one of 22 attorneys who was recognized by the statewide publication. He was the only attorney recognized from the Columbia, Missouri, area.

Before joining Columbia College, he worked as an attorney at Husch Blackwell LLP in St. Louis, where he played a key role in the firm’s higher education practice, which provides legal guidance to more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide. Falkowski earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and completed his juris doctorate at Saint Louis University in 2010.