Hoedown! A CIU Autumn Tradition

October 19, 2015
Dancing at the CIU hoedown.

By Melissa McCutchan

CIU Student Writer

Columbia International University students took a break from homework on Oct. 17 to learn the art of the do-si-do and the promenade.  Hundreds of students packed into CIU’s outdoor pavilion for the annual hoedown, a school-wide event sponsored by the sophomore class.

Varsity Golf Coach

Ben Lippen School
November 01, 2015


The head varsity golf coach will work directly with the Ben Lippen athletic department. He/she will coach the varsity golf team as well as oversee and ensure his/her philosophy is carried out at all levels of the golf program.


  1. Must be a mature believer in Christ with a clear and persuasive personal testimony and demonstrate a lifestyle consistent with the teaching of Scripture.
  2. Must accept the Statement of Faith of Ben Lippen School and its educational philosophy.
  3. Must demonstrate initiative and organization in the performance of his/her duties.
  4. Must have strong leadership skills as well as exhibit strong interpersonal skills.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Institutional Advancement
40 hr/wk, 12 mo/yr
October 12, 2015


The Vice President for Institutional Advancement (VPIA) is responsible to lead in the design, implementation, and oversight of a University-wide marketing, enrollment management, alumni relations, and financial resource development plan, and athletics program that consistently presents Columbia International University’s mission, schools, ministries and programs to its various publics: prospective students, students, parents, alumni, Christian agencies, donors, local community, corporate and ministry professionals, and Christian community worldwide.  The VPIA is r

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Through the Director of Enrollment build a strategic operating plan to ensure the development and implementation of highly effective processes of prospective student communication, recruitment, admissions counseling, screening, financial aid counseling and awarding, and matriculation.
  • Through the Director of Financial Aid build a strategic operating plan to oversee the formulation, implementation and assessment of financial aid and enrollment.
  • Through the Director of Marketing build a strategic operating plan to provide strategic leadership and direction for corporate wide marketing efforts including advertising and public image, public relations, publications, publicity, branding, and web strategy for the University.
  • Through the Director of Development and Alumni Relations build a strategic operating plan to ensure the development and implementation of an effective program of alumni relations, enable alumni to participate in various ways to support the institutional mission, and ensure increased giving to scholarships and endowments.
  • Through the Director of Gift Receipting and Research build a strategic operating plan to ensure efficient processes for receipting donors to higher education and Ben Lippen School, maintain accurate donor records and compliance with processes as determined by auditors.
  • Through the Director of Athletics build a strategic operating plan to provide the agreed upon number of students and net tuition revenue from those students. Additionally, enhance the overall campus experience for all students resulting from a successful competitive athletics program. Ensure that all athletes and coaches reflect the mission like quality of CIU students as a whole.
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction for University-wide development efforts for major donors, select foundations, maintaining strong connections with existing donors and foundations while creating and cultivating new relationships.
  • Lead in the preparation and management of budgets for the division.
  • Serve as Administrative liaison to The Institutional Advancement and Development Committee of the Board of Trustees.
  • Manage the performance and development of multiple staff.


Bachelors Degree (Masters Degree preferred) in marketing, public relations, communications or related field.  At least five years of relevant senior level experience.  Experience and/or education in biblical/theological/ministry field.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to CIU’s biblical and community life, doctrinal standards, mission and educational goals.
  • Proven senior level management and organizational skills
  • Proven strategic vision in corporate development and marketing.
  • Ability to provide vision and direction in enrollment management and financial aid at a private university.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Commitment to teamwork, consensus building, and a desire to work in a collaborative academic environment.
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to donors on a personal basis with integrity.
  • Strong relationships with the business community and the ability to grow those relationships numerically and financially.

Son of CIU Alumni Couple Collecting Sox for Flood Victims

October 13, 2015
Son of CIU Alumni Couple Collecting Sox for Flood Victims

He’s a little guy trying to make a big difference. Max Ketcherside is only eight years old, but he understands many of the victims of the recent devastating floods in the Columbia area have a basic need: sox.

Max, the son of CIU alumni Joe (2011) and Chrissa (2006) Ketcherside, didn’t want birthday presents for himself on his eighth birthday, but instead is asking people to give him sox which he will donate to flood victims. His goal is to collect 1,000 pairs of sox.


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