CIU News

  • Influential leadership expert Dr. John Maxwell

    Get Ready for Another Exciting John Maxwell Leadership Forum

    Influential leadership expert Dr. John Maxwell returns to Columbia International University on March 23 for his fourth Leadership Forum in the Midlands of South Carolina. The event takes place from 1-3 p.m. in Shortess Chapel on the campus of CIU.

    Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 26...

  • Making a spiritual point: Bishop Dale Bronner dramatizes the breaking of a crayon, saying that even a broken crayon can still color.

    CIU brings encouragement to church leaders

    First “Church Refreshed” conference hosted on campus

    By Bob Holmes

    As leaders of two different Columbia-area churches stood outside the doors of Shortess Chapel, they excitedly chatted about what they had just experienced inside at Columbia International University’s first “Church Refreshed” conference.  

    Malcolm Walls of...

  • Patricia England receiving her Diploma in Women's Leadership from Provost Dr. James Lanpher

    Ministry to the hopeless began in a CIU class

    Graduate of Diploma in Women’s Leadership ministers to women in jail

    By Bob Holmes

    Patricia England says the Columbia International University Diploma in Women’s Leadership “takes you to another level.”

    England is among those who graduated from the program’s inaugural class in 2019 and...

  • Student Encouraging “Right Words @ CIU”

    By Bob Holmes

    Amidst a pandemic, racial and political tension and disunity in our country, a Columbia International University freshman is heading a new initiative called “Right Words @ CIU,” an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to communicate written messages of appreciation, assurance and encouragement to one another.

    Aynsley Vivian, an American who...

  • Dr. Ed Smither, CIU dean of Intercultural Studies

    Smither's Dynamic book challenges the church to practice hospitality

    God is a missionary God. God is also hospitable in his nature. He makes His enemies friends and invites them to intimate communion.

    That’s the basis for a new book by CIU dean of Intercultural Studies Dr. Ed Smither.

    Smither challenges the church to participate in God’s mission today by...

  • CIU President Dr. Mark Smith (center) meets with CIU African-American leaders at retreat.

    CIU President and African American Leaders “Go Deeper” at Retreat

    In anticipation of a new year, Columbia International University Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Andre Rogers asked CIU President Dr. Mark Smith to “go deeper” with some of CIU’s African American leaders at an early January leadership retreat.

    Smith graciously...

Today’s economic climate is making it difficult for businesses to stay focused on their mission while at the same handling the daily challenges. That’s why Columbia International University is... Read More
A Columbia International University Professor of Muslim Studies is advising a group hoping to revive the churches in East Africa.  Church leaders there are concerned about a growing threat of Islam... Read More
A former Columbia International University dean is still going strong at age 95. Peter Letchford has a long resume that includes missionary to Africa, church pastor, and dean of the Graduate School... Read More
The mayor of South Carolina’s capital city encouraged the student-inmates in the CIU Prison Initiative to share “the love of Jesus Christ,” which is “an awesome responsibility and opportunity.” ... Read More
“He may be one of the best preachers you’ll ever hear.” That’s what University of South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier says about Adrian Despres, the guest chaplain of Spurrier’s Gamecocks football... Read More
Christian singer/songwriter Laura Story, a 2003 graduate of Columbia International University, earned a Grammy for her song “Blessings,” which she wrote and recorded.  Story received the award in the... Read More
The First Annual Discover CIU 5K & Fun Run brought together students, faculty, and staff from Columbia International University and Ben Lippen School, as well as members of the community.  The... Read More
For the first time in 89 years, a high school athlete has committed to play a sport at Columbia International University.  Soccer stand out Daniel Mallard of Greensboro, N.C. becomes the first... Read More
Every four years, South Carolina makes national headlines as it hosts the First in the South, Republican Presidential Primary.  News reporters from around the world converge on The Palmetto State to... Read More
Construction of Phase II of Pine View Apartments at Columbia International University is underway.  Workers and heavy equipment are now on site leveling the ground for approximately 100 more... Read More
Columbia International University alumnus Garry James is the head of a new minority outreach program at the South Carolina Small Business Development Centers.  James, who earned a Master of Divinity... Read More
By Jacob GivenCIU Student WriterJust before graduation day in May 2010, CIU President Dr. Bill Jones prayed with the board of trustees that God would “strike a fire” under the graduates.  The next... Read More