CSU Administration

Robert Mayes, M.B.A.



Columbia Southern University’s President and Co-Founder Robert Mayes began his career in the distance education industry alongside his father, Dr. Robert Mayes, with the establishment of CSU in 1993. Since then, CSU has evolved to encompass students from all 50 states and around the world. It has an active student body of more than 30,000 students supported by more than 1,000 faculty and staff.

During his tenure, Mayes has experienced all levels of online university operation including accounting, finance, IT, online course development, outcomes assessment, policies and procedures, relational database design and more. Mayes also manages external relationships and oversaw the acquisition of Waldorf College (now known as Waldorf University) in Forest City, Iowa in 2010.

Mayes holds an Associate in Applied Science from Faulkner State Community College, a Bachelor of Science from Columbia Southern University and a Master of Business Administration from Capella University. He serves as vice chairman for the board of directors of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and as a member of its executive and nominating committees. Mayes is a board member of the Alabama Association of Private Colleges and Schools, and serves as chairman of the board of directors for South Baldwin Christian Academy. Mayes also holds the position of CEO of Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of Columbia Southern University and Waldorf University.

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