Dr. Kristi Clevenger, new dean of the Columbia College School of Public Service

Columbia College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Sandra Hamar announced today that Dr. Kristi Clevenger has been promoted to dean of the institution’s School of Public Service. The appointment is effective immediately.

Clevenger assumes the position from Hamar, who was elevated to provost this past fall.

“Dr. Clevenger brings a dynamic skill set and institutional knowledge that will be invaluable as she guides the School of Public Service faculty in serving our students,” Hamar said. “I am confident in the future success of the school under her steady leadership.”

Clevenger currently serves as chair of the Education and Criminal Justice Department, which is housed within the School of Public Service, and as president of the Faculty Association. She has served as a professor of Education at CC since 2007 and has more than 29 years of experience in higher education.

“I am excited and ready for the challenge of serving the School of Public Service as its dean,” Clevenger said. “I know first-hand the expertise and dedication of our faculty, and I look forward to empowering our students in Columbia and across the country to make a meaningful difference in their community and beyond.”

“I know first-hand the expertise and dedication of our faculty, and I look forward to empowering our students in Columbia and across the country to make a meaningful difference in their community and beyond.”

Dr. Kristi Clevenger, new dean of the Columbia College School of Public Service

Clevenger’s leadership experience includes three years as director of the college’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She also has developed numerous courses and a degree program for the institution. Prior to joining CC, she worked for 13 years in student affairs at the University of Missouri.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California Irvine, a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Missouri.

The School of Public Service offers an array of programs including Education, Criminal Justice and Nursing. The school is based on main campus in Columbia, Missouri, but serves all students, faculty and staff across the college’s locations nationwide and its Online Program.

Founded in 1851, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for 173 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. Students may enroll in Day, Evening or Online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has more than 97,000 alumni. For more information, visit ccis.edu.