René Massey ’84 ’98 ’01 and Dr. Michael Kateman

Columbia College Board of Trustees Chair Rev. Dr. Brad Stagg recently announced the appointments of two new members to the board, effective July 1, 2024.

Dr. Michael Kateman and René Massey ’84 ’98 ’01 will serve four-year terms as trustees through 2028. They will provide valuable experience in higher education to assist in guiding the institution’s direction.

There are now 22 board members with the additions of Kateman and Massey.

“Michael and René bring energy, wisdom and vast institutional knowledge to the board, and I look forward to their contributions and insight,” Stagg said. “I am pleased to welcome these two outstanding leaders as trustees and truly appreciate their commitment to carrying forward the innovative mission of our institution.”

Dr. Michael Kateman brings more than 38 years of experience in communications, constituent relations and fundraising to Columbia College’s governing entity, including nearly nine years as the college’s executive director of Development, Alumni and Public Relations. Most recently, Kateman served as assistant vice chancellor for Advancement at the University of Missouri. A talented actor and playwright, Kateman also serves as pastor at the Arrow Rock Federated Church and an adjunct professor in Communication Studies at Missouri Valley College.

Kateman, who resides in mid-Missouri, holds three degrees from the University of Missouri: a bachelor’s in Business Administration (Marketing), a master’s in Journalism, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. As an undergraduate, he studied at Universidad Iberoamericano in Mexico City. He is currently working toward a certificate in Pastoral Ministry at Phillips Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Columbia College President’s Society.

René Massey has been a key part of the Columbia College community since enrolling as a student in 1980. She first served the college as a work-study student in Academic Affairs. She then began work full-time in the adult learning division, now known as Columbia College Global. During 34 years on staff, Massey was instrumental in moving the college from paper to computer and from strictly in-seat study to online education. She attained the position of associate dean for Adult Higher Education and served in that capacity until she retired in 2015.

Massey, who resides in Glen Carbon, Illinois, earned multiple degrees from Columbia College, including a bachelor’s in Psychology, a bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree. She and her husband, Dr. Gary Massey ’85, are members of the President’s Society, and she previously served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. She currently serves on the board of directors for Retrieving Freedom, Inc., a service dog organization. She is also the director of volunteers at her local hospital and sits on the auxiliary board. In addition, she volunteers at a St. Louis-based Alzheimer’s organization.