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President's Welcome

To All Alumni:

Bill LeeperIt is an honor and privilege to serve as your Columbia College Alumni President. Founded in 1963, the CCAA Alumni Association is committed to bringing together alumni from all walks of life. Our Alumni Board of Directors is full of bright, energetic and passionate alumni eager to take the association to the next level. Equally, the college's Alumni Relations staff is dedicated to supporting and celebrating alumni throughout their endeavors. I can proudly say that we are doing more than ever to connect alumni and manage our history. We are constantly exploring new ways to bolster links with alumni around the world. In an effort to reach more members, we've expanded our online presence to include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, You Tube and Flickr. We're also in the process of enhancing our benefits and services and planning future events. 

When I speak about Columbia College and the Columbia College Alumni Association in public, I am reminded that the CCAA doesn't just have a large alumni base in terms of sheer numbers (more than 75,000) – we have a huge group of enthusiastic, loyal and committed Cougars! When I speak one-on-one with CC alumni, I hear several phrases again and again:         

  • “I’m proud to have received my degree from Columbia College.”
  • “I’m a loyal Cougar.”
  • “My family’s legacy with CC goes back multiple generations.”
  • “Columbia College has changed my life!”  

Our organization has worked hard to provide programs and services that enhance your life and to create opportunities for you to partner with us to advance the college together. As a member, we’re so thankful for your support, and we welcome feedback on how we can make your membership more valuable to you. Ways you can stay involved include mentoring a current student or young alumni; organizing or volunteering at an event or simply just attending; flexing your leadership skills by joining a CCAA committee; and contributing to the CCAA scholarship program.  

On behalf of the CCAA Board of Directors, we look forward to your participation, new ideas and continued support. I look forward to personally meeting you at the next CCAA event.  

Remember … We are Columbia College!

Most Sincerely,

Bill Leeper '04
President 2013-2015
Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA)