The board of trustees of Columbia International University has named Dr. Mark A. Smith as the new president of the interdenominational Christian college.
Smith will take the reigns on July 1, replacing Dr. Bill Jones, the school’s 6th president.
Smith comes to Columbia after 11 years leading Ohio Christian University, in Circleville, Ohio. Before that he was the vice president of adult and graduate studies at Indiana Wesleyan University.
He takes over a university with an enrollment of about 1,100 students. Established in 1922 in downtown, the Columbia Bible School became Columbia Bible College in 1929. It moved to its current, 400-acre campus location on Monticello Road in 1960 and became Columbia International University in 1994.