Through alliances made with corporations and organizations and the initiatives with the military, CSEG understands the need for an educated, highly skilled and trained dynamic workforce. By staying on the leading edge of the market in an ever increasing and competitive economy, we develop employees who are ready to meet the demands of the increasing workforce.

CSEG Business Development Leadership

The leadership team at CSEG is fundamental in providing education and training solutions to employers that are looking to develop and maintain their workforce.

Chantell Cooley


Rick Cooper

VP, Business Development & Military Initiatives

Dr. Lillie Cannon

Associate Vice President of Business Development & Military Outreach

Fonta Footman Mitchell

Supervisor - Business Development

Michael Cannon

Director of Military Initiatives

Duane Brown

Account Executive

Bernard Austin

Account Executive

Core Values

At CSEG, our core values relate to the drive that we encourage in our students. Our core values set a precedent and provide the opportunity for our intuitions to assist in changing lives through education.

  • Student Success: To help students successfully and fully attain their academic and professional goals and equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to make a difference in their workplaces, community and personal life.
  • Integrity: CSEG is dedicated to operating with integrity that promotes trust, respect and confidence.
  • Innovation: To use technology to create enhanced student support resources, improve student learning and create operational efficiencies.
  • Availability: To provide diverse learning opportunities for degree completion, continuing education, community enrichment and influence life‐long learning.
  • Support: To provide support and resources that promote quality, efficiency and collaboration.
  • Relationships: To conduct operations and interactions in such a way that promotes long‐term relationships with students, industry leaders and other key stakeholders.

Our Institutions

Columbia Southern Education Group is the parent company to Columbia Southern University and Waldorf University. Our fully accredited colleges are instrumental in providing affordable, quality degree programs to students.

Columbia Southern University

Columbia Southern Universitycsu_sheild_words_250 is an online university centered in Orange Beach, Ala. CSU centers online degree programs at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels. Degree programs are offered in a multitude of areas such as occupational safety and health, fire administration, criminal justice, business administration, human resource management, health care administration and more. CSU features undergraduate and graduate certificate programs to provide focused training in specialized areas for the current workforce.

Waldorf University

Founded in 1903, Waldorf University is a premier Christian university that prepares and inspires students for successful careers and fulfilling lives. On campus or online, Waldorf University provides an engaging learning experience with the latest theory, individualized attention and outstanding support. Graduates earn their degree in the most efficient way possible, and tuition is about half the cost of other private universities.