We remember those who have passed and share our sympathies with family and friends. To notify the CCAA of alumni who have passed recently, please send an email with the link to the obituary to ccalum@ccis.edu.


Dr. Michael Polley passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at his home with his wife, Mary Pausell, and loyal beagle, Irma, by his side.

Dr. Polley is remembered for his contributions as an outstanding member of the Columbia College family, respected former professor and encouraging leader. Polley retired in Fall 2019. He joined the college in 1990, serving in as the History and Government department chairperson from 1992-1994 and 1996- 1999. He was also appointed acting academic dean from October 1994-1996. As dean, Polley oversaw the creation of the college’s first graduate programs. In his role as a faculty member, he chaired the Freshman Experience Committee that created an orientation course and taught in that program.

If you would like to honor Polley’s passion for teaching and helping students, tribute gifts can be made to the Jack and Polly Batterson Scholarship per his family’s wishes. Honorary gifts can be made at my.ccis.edu/polley.


Hoyt Hayes made a tremendous impact as a business instructor and mentor during the 19 years he taught at Columbia College. He passed away October 31, 2020.

Hayes came to the college as a visiting business professor in 1992. Three years later, he joined the full-time faculty as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor from 1998 to 2011. His connection to students and interest in their success continued long after graduation in his role as mentor.

Hayes is survived by his lifetime partner, Janice Joy Reily, who has established the Hoyt Hayes & Janice Reily Business Scholarship to benefit future generations of students who pursue a business degree from the college’s Robert W. Plaster School of Business. Through this scholarship, Reily celebrates his life and creativity, and honors his lasting work.


Angi Pauley served as officer coordinator to the Grossnickle Career Services Center and was a valued member of the Columbia College Division of Student Affairs for more than 15 years. She passed away unexpectedly on October 8, 2020.

“Angi had a smile that lit up a room,” says Dave Roberts, dean of Student Affairs. “She was warm and welcoming to everyone, and clearly made connections across the Columbia College community.”

Pauley was a passionate coordinator and supportive supervisor of her student workers. She was known for her delicious contributions to staff potlucks, her positive spirit and love for her family.

To honor Angi’s commitment to the college, a dedication ceremony was held on July 23, what would have been her 57th birthday. Guests were encouraged to wear navy blue and silver/ gray, as Pauley proudly championed the Cougar Pride tradition of wearing school colors on Fridays.

Pauley’s family donated a tree (pictured above) that was planted near the north entrance of Atkins-Holman Student Commons, and former colleagues placed a framed photo in the Career Services office.

“The tree and photo memorial are tributes to her lasting impact on campus,” Roberts says. “It is a reminder how each of us has the opportunity through our actions and words to make a positive and lasting contribution in the lives of others.”

If you would like to make a gift in memory of a loved one, you may mail a check to Columbia College, 1001 Rogers St., Columbia MO 65216 (write “in memory of” and the name of the individual on the memo line) or visit my.ccis.edu/givenow. For more information on how to create a scholarship, please contact Missy Montgomery, senior director of philanthropy, at msmontgomery1@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7576.