Rob Boone, associate vice president of Columbia College Global, was recently elected to serve as vice president of the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services. Boone’s election also includes a two-year term as president-elect.
“The Columbia College community is thrilled for Rob and he certainly deserves this special honor,” said Dr. Shadel Hamilton, vice president of Columbia College Global. “Through NAIMES and its commitment to the academic success of students within the military community, Rob’s new role will undoubtedly benefit Columbia College and continue our own commitment to military members worldwide.”
Boone, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, received a Regular Army commission from Sam Houston State University as a Second Lieutenant in December 1992 as an Infantry Officer Branch detailed Quartermaster. His deployments included Egypt, Tunisia, Haiti and two tours of duty in Iraq. He joined Columbia College in March 2019, and assists in the oversight of day-to-day operations of the college’s more than 40 military and civilian locations around the country and in Cuba.
“I want to thank the NAIMES nominations and elections committee for this honor and I’m proud to serve on their board of directors,” said Boone. “I look forward to joining this tremendous leadership team and support their commitment to the academic enhancement of the military community worldwide.”
After an exceptional 26-year military career, Boone worked at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital, where he was a training specialist. He then served the Federal Emergency Management Agency as an emergency management specialist and deployed to numerous disasters across the nation.
Boone is a graduate of Army Command and General Staff College, Joint Advance Warfighting School, Infantry Officers Advanced and Basic Courses, Quartermaster Officer Transition Course, Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Air Assault School and Rigger School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Sam Houston University and a Masters of Arts in Military History, with a focus on Special Operations in Low-Intensity Conflict, from American Military University.
NAIMES is an organization comprised of institutional members dedicated to the delivery of quality postsecondary education programs to the military community. Through collaborative partnerships with the U.S. Department of Defense voluntary education leadership; sister organizations and agencies, NAIMES continuously seeks to promote quality degree programs, student support services and principles of good practice.
Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has helped students advance their lives through higher education for more than 170 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. The college, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, features more than 40 locations nationwide and offers Day, Evening and Online classes. Columbia College has more than 97,000 alumni worldwide.