Dr. Scott Dalrymple, president of Columbia College since 2014, is stepping down as president for family reasons, effective December 1, 2020. His wife and an enthusiastic supporter of GMLF, Dr. Tina Dalrymple, has also resigned her position as chair of the College’s nursing and health sciences programs.

President Dalrymple said he will seek another presidency, but family is his top priority heading into 2021. The Dalrymples are both natives of Upstate New York. “Tina and I have a deep love for Columbia College and its students,” Dalrymple said. “They have become part of our family. But our actual family is in the Northeast, and we have both parents and children there who need our help as a result of the COVID pandemic.”

“Dr. Dalrymple leaves an impressive legacy at Columbia College,” said Dr. David Russell, chair of the Board of Trustees. “He strengthened the College’s academic offerings by adding new majors and sports opportunities. He developed a successful COVID-19 plan to safely bring students back to campus and worked with faculty and staff to develop a new “High-Flex” model that allows students to choose between in-seat or virtual learning on a daily basis.

“Dr. Dalrymple also completed several major building projects, including a new business school/residential space, developed the College’s main quadrangle into a focal point for academic life, and promoted efforts in support of diversity, equity and inclusion,” Russell said. “The Board of Trustees wishes the Dalrymples every success in their future endeavors.”

Dr. Tina Dalrymple graduated from Albany Medical Center School of Nursing (Albany, New York) and became a registered nurse. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing and a minor in Management from Hartwick College. She received her Masters of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Community Health and Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and her Ph.D. in Nursing with an emphasis in Rural Nursing from Binghamton University (Binghamton, NY).

Dr. Dalrymple has spent more than 30 years in the field of nursing specializing in obstetrics and community health nursing. Dr. Dalrymple is Board Certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and worked for many years at Bassett Healthcare (Cooperstown, New York) in school-based healthcare clinics. She spent 11 years as a full-time nursing professor earning tenure and promotion to Associate Professor before to moving to Missouri.  Her past teaching experience included Maternal-Child Nursing, Community Health, Nursing Management, and Rural Nursing classes in both traditional and accelerated Bachelors of Science in nursing programs. She has also taught in online courses, including Community Health, Nursing Research and Health Assessment.

All of us at Greater Missouri will miss the Dalyrmples but understand their desire to be with their family including their five children and three grandchildren. Godspeed!