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Columbia Southern University Senior Vice President Chantell Cooley and adjunct professor Michelle Manganaro, Ph.D., will present a workshop and roundtable discussion at the Association of Leadership Educators Conference July 13 through 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

East Alabama Fire Chief to seek Master’s degree with CSU

The Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs (AAFC) and Columbia Southern University (CSU) have awarded a two-year scholarship to East Alabama Fire District Fire Chief Troy Marberry.

A CSU student since 2012, Marberry won the scholarship based on his entry in an essay contest sponsored by CSU and the AAFC, an organization that provides professional opportunities for fire chiefs.

Columbia Southern University faculty member and Center Point (Ala.) Fire Chief Donnie West has been awarded the Alabama Fire Chief of the Year for Combination Fire Departments in Alabama.

“This is a legacy award and I am very humbled,” said West, who has been a fire chief since 2006. “I have always said that it is not what we as fire chiefs do, but what the people that work around us do to support our mission and vision.”


Columbia Southern University, one of the nation’s leading online universities, is proud to announce a fantastic, historic moment: the school has adopted a mascot, the Knights!

“For years, we have been asked about a mascot,” said Director of Marketing Beau Vignes. “CSU is very proud to have the knight as our mascot to give our students and alumni a respectful image of school spirit, pride and unity.”

Columbia Southern University Vice President of Marketing, Admissions and Outreach Billy Hayes has been appointed by Shelby County (Ala.) Commission for the Board of Directors of the Alabama Firefighters Museum and Education Center.

“Ever since I was a young boy, I always wanted to work within the fire service. In fact, if you look within my high school yearbook, there is a comment that I placed where it states that I would love to play guitar like Eric Clapton, but I would probably end up working within the fire department.”

The Coastal Alabama Business Chamber honored Columbia Southern University (CSU) as the Business of the Year on Feb. 21 during its annual awards dinner and meeting.

The Marketing Department of Columbia Southern Education Group won two silver ADDY awards at the 2014 AAF Pensacola American Advertising Awards gala on Feb. 21 at Pensacola Beach.

Online university helping local Young Entrepreneurs Academy


Columbia Southern University (CSU) recently launched its Learning Partner of the Month program and chose the Escambia County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office as its first recipient of this special award.

CSU, an online university based in Orange Beach, Ala., forms partnerships with businesses and government agencies to offer special tuition discounts and scholarships.

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