Elizabeth A. "Beth" Dinndorf was appointed the 18th president of Columbia College on July 1, 2012. Under her leadership, Columbia College is building on its 160-year history and stellar academic reputation with a bold new direction to more fully integrate real-world experiences and career preparation with a liberal arts education.
Dinndorf has been an active advocate for education and women’s leadership, serving for 18 years on the Board of Trustees at the College of Saint Benedict. She was recognized as a 2014 Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Midlands to Mountains and was presented the 2015 Distinguished Community Leadership Award for Governance by Richland County Council.
Dinndorf received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from the College of Saint Benedict, and earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul.