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CC Hires Cuadra as Director of Coast Guard Island Campus

ALAMEDA, Calif., Dec. 12— Columbia College is pleased to announce the hiring of Darla Cuadra as director of Columbia College-Coast Guard Island.

“Darla brings to this position a wealth of experience in higher education administration and has amassed an impressive track record,” said Dr. Gary Massey, dean for Adult Higher Education at Columbia College. “We are thrilled to welcome Darla to our team.”

Cuadra will be responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the campus, including class scheduling and student and faculty recruitment.

Prior to joining the college, Cuadra served as vice president for university services at Patten University in Oakland, Calif., where she provided oversight to several departments, including admissions, financial aid and residential life. Of note, student enrollments grew each year during her tenure. Cuadra also held various other positions at Patten University, including director of academic support services and academic dean.

Cuadra holds a bachelor’s in Christian education from Patten College, a master’s in higher education administration and a doctorate degree in leadership for higher education from Capella University.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 31,000 students each year and has more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit

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