Columbia International University Remembers Billy Graham

February 21, 2018

Columbia International University celebrates the life and ministry of one of God's greatest servants, The Rev. Billy Graham.

“The Rev. Graham lifted up Jesus Christ through powerful preaching and led millions to a saving knowledge of Christ,” said CIU President Dr. Mark Smith. “The influence, support and example of Dr. Graham has been a direct catalyst in spurring Columbia International University and Ben Lippen School to be leaders in Bible teaching, world missions and the development of character-based business professionals.

Columbia International University extends deepest support and prayers to relatives of the family who are alumni and attended CIU. We extend our love and prayers to the Graham family and friends, and we rejoice with them for the souls that will be in heaven as a result of the ministry of one of God's choicest servants.”

Smith added a personal note:

“I send warmest love and prayers to my friend The Rev. Franklin Graham with whom I have served many times on faith issues. We love you all.”

Dr. Mark A Smith

Founded in 1923, CIU is private, Christian and multidenominational, preparing students to make a positive impact on the world through their professional calling. The university is recognized for the quality of its academic offerings, consistently ranked among the top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report. For information on attending CIU, visit, or call (800) 777-2227, 5024.

Ben Lippen School is an accredited Christian, college preparatory school of over 700 students in grades Pre-K through 12, and is a ministry of Columbia International University. For information on enrollment call (803) 807-4000 or visit