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The Chairman's Circle
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The Chairman's Circle

Columbia College Chicago has confirmed our position as a leader in the evolving field of arts and media education, developing a new model that combines theory and practice to nurture and liberate the creative mind.

Message from our Chairman, Allen M. Turner

Allen TurnerIn this time of lightning-fast change, we at Columbia pride ourselves on being at the forefront of adaptation and innovation. We know that the skill sets needed for success in the creative industries have shifted, and continue to evolve at an unprecedented rate. We know that it is through a combination of right and left-brain approaches, through respect for ideas about design, imagination, social consciousness, environmental responsibility, diversity, and integrity that our culture and our world will be changed for the better. And we know that Columbia College Chicago occupies a unique place in the educational firmament—our students graduate in possession of a set of intellectual and technical tools that enables them to take their place in the world as full participants, and to, as our mission states, "author the culture of their times."

You have the opportunity to engage with the college's extraordinary talented students, faculty, staff, and alumni from all areas of the arts. Our students will amaze you and we hope that your support will also be an inspiration to them.


Donors who contribute $5,000+ per year to any area of the college are recognized in our literature as Chairman's Circle donors. Chairman's Circle donors provide the necessary support for Columbia College's student-focused programs and initiatives.


As a Chairman's Circle donor, you enjoy premiere invitations to events featuring well-known and respected individuals in the arts community such as Arianna Huffington, James Earl Jones, and Julie Andrews, along with exclusive invitations to private receptions hosted by the Chairman of the Board.

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