2 From the Chair
3 From the President
6 Financial Performance
34 Class News
41 Cultural Events
42 Planned Giving
20062007 Annual Report
From The Chair
As I complete my last year as chair of the Board of Trustees, I do so with a
tremendous appreciation for the incredible energy that Caroline Whitson,
faculty and staff, fellow board members and friends of the College have given to
the strategic planning process in recent years. They have set Columbia College
upon a course that will clearly set it apart from other institutions. The leadership
agenda of the College leverages the integration of the College, the Alliance for
Women and the Leadership Institute. Independently, they all do incredible work.
Together, they set the stage for an unparalleled contribution to developing women
leaders while creating social change in South Carolina and beyond.
This new focus, which we refer to as the Imagine agenda, has already
attracted investors that helped create an unprecedented year of giving. Cash and
pledges totaling more than $14 million dollars this past year are largely a result
of the excitement and confi dence people have in the strategic plan for women's
leadership development at Columbia College. Though I am stepping down as
chair of the board, I have agreed to chair the Imagine Campaign which is currently
enlisting the leadership necessary for a successful campaign.
I am pleased to make a gift to this campaign. Obviously, I did not attend
Columbia College! Nor did I send a daughter or have any relative who has
attended. I am blessed that my parents taught me the value of giving back to the
community, and Columbia College is very important to our community and our
state. As a business person, I am pleased to do this through an institution with a
distinguished history and a clear vision for the future.
Generations of women take pride in what Columbia College has established
in its 153 year history. But, be even more watc