Living our Values | Growing our Partnerships | Innovating our Future

By Candace Morrow
Photos by Suhyoon Cho and Tamma Smith

Community dignitaries and university representatives from across the state and country witnessed as Dr. Christopher L. Markwood became inaugurated as Columbus State University’s fifth president on March 31.

“I am committed to the work that lies ahead,” said Markwood during the ceremony. “I am confident — guided by our values, empowered by our partners and focused on innovating the future — Columbus State University will continue its trajectory of growth, entrepreneurship and excellence. I’m honored to be part of this dynamic team and partner with you as the fifth president of this incredible institution.”

The weeklong celebration featured students, faculty, staff and community events focused on the university’s values: Excellence, Creativity, Sustainability, Inclusion, Engagement and Servant Leadership.

The formal investiture ceremony took place in the Bill Heard Theatre at CSU’s RiverPark campus.

Markwood thanked all who attended, highlighted the university’s accomplishments of becoming a first choice, nationally and internationally recognized institution and outlined CSU’s goals of continuing to become a leader in high education.

Markwood to investiture ceremony attendees: “Together, we have the opportunity to harness the unique resources of this university, the extraordinary talents of our faculty and staff, and seemingly inexhaustible energy and imagination of our students to help solve the challenges that face our community, our state, our nation and our world.”

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