Columbia Southern University Celebrates Milestone 25th Anniversary


Columbia Southern University (CSU), an online university based in Orange Beach, Alabama, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2018.
Over the last 25 years, CSU has had more than 60,000 degree conferrals. Its degree programs have been recognized by leading national industry organizations including the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) initiative, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Institute for Safety and Health Management (ISHM) (Update: In 2019, the ISHM was acquired by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.). The online education pioneer, which now employs 1,000 faculty and staff, has posted steady growth while contributing to the economy of Baldwin County, Alabama. Maintaining a long tradition of giving, CSU is actively involved in supporting more than 35 nonprofits annually through blood drives, food drives, Relay for Life, raffles and other fund-raising efforts.
“Since its inception in 1993, CSU has strived to excel in all its endeavors,” said Eric McHaney, chief marketing officer for CSU. “From pioneering the online education industry to building a family-oriented culture where students are always first, CSU prides itself on leading the charge for change while maintaining a reputation for integrity and expertise for 25 years.”
In addition to marking its silver anniversary, CSU will be launching a rebrand on April 5, 2018. CSU’s new strategy–a fresh take on its current logo and branding–captures CSU’s exceptional academic tradition and innovative spirit.
“CSU has a rich history as a leader in the online education arena while welcoming change through innovation, creativity and progress. This new logo is a great illustration of where those two ideals collide,” added McHaney. “We are thrilled about these upcoming changes and for what’s next for CSU.”
The university will also commemorate its anniversary during the 2018 commencement ceremony on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. To learn more about Columbia Southern University, visit