Dr. Piyusha Singh

Following a thorough, nationwide search, Columbia College President Dr. Scott Dalrymple announced the promotion of Dr. Piyusha Singh as the college’s new provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Singh had served as the interim provost since June.

In this role, Singh will be charged with ensuring curriculum is consistent throughout the college’s Day, Evening, Adult Higher Education and Online Education programs. She will also oversee Student Affairs efforts.

“Dr. Singh has been an invaluable member of our leadership team for more than three years and has made an immediate impact in every role she has served in,” said Dalrymple. “I have every confidence that she will lead Academic and Student Affairs with energy, vision, and integrity.”

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

“This is truly a great honor and I look forward to continue working every day to strengthen our academic offerings and improve the overall student experience,” said Singh. “Our faculty and staff members are passionate and committed to helping our students achieve their goals, and I am proud to be part of those efforts.”

In addition to her academic duties, Singh was also named the college’s first chief of staff in September 2017, which empowered her to provide input on important issues that span across the college. Most recently, Singh has played a crucial role in implementing the college’s new TruitionSM program, which offers text books at no cost while eliminating all fees for the college’s online and adult learners around the world.

Singh holds bachelor’s degrees 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 at Albany and Excelsior College. She also served as a program director for the master’s degree in criminal justice at Excelsior College.