John H. Dozier is Columbia College’s 21st president.  He joins Columbia College from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as the Institute Community and Equity Officer since March 2020.

Dozier received his Bachelor of Science in marketing from South Carolina State University and was presented with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015. He went on to earn both a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Education degrees from DePaul University in Chicago. He held a variety of leadership positions in the Chicago community college system, including vice president of academic and student affairs for Kennedy-King College and Wilbur Wright College; chief information officer for the entire system; and president of Kennedy-King College. He joined the University of South Carolina in 2013, where he served as the inaugural chief diversity officer and senior associate provost.

Dozier’s wife, Victoria, is a mechanical engineer, and they have three children.

Join Us for the 21st Presidential Inauguration

Honoring Tradition, Embracing the Future

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Together, we will continue to create new opportunities and extraordinary value for our students and alumni.  We will continue to honor our college’s history while embracing a future that positions us as leaders in preparing tomorrow’s business, civic, healthcare, and education leaders.  The best days are indeed ahead for Columbia College, and our brighter tomorrow starts today!

— Dr. John Dozier



First Lady Victoria Dozier

First Lady Victoria Dozier, like the president, has deep ties to Columbia, South Carolina. Although originally born in Brooklyn, New York, Victoria's family relocated to the North Main Street community during her middle school years, where she attended schools within the Richland One and Two districts. Her academic journey led her to achieve a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Carolina, followed by a Master of Business Administration degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Victoria possesses extensive expertise in both business management and engineering for over three decades. Her commitment to community service is evident through her active involvement in numerous boards, community councils, and organizations. Alongside her professional pursuits, Victoria nurtures various passions, including art collection, running, historic preservation, and the creation of partnerships and programs that aim to enhance the lives of young individuals.

Connect with Dr. Dozier

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