Robert G. Mayes, Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Southern Education Group, the parent company of Columbia Southern University (CSU) and Waldorf University. Mayes has more than 25 years of experience in the distance learning industry. In this role he provides strategy and leadership support to both institutions which serve over 33,000 students. He served as President of Columbia Southern University from 2005 – 2018. Safety has been at the core of CSU’s academic focus since the very beginning. Founded in 1993 to serve the safety industry, CSU’s occupational safety and health degree programs have set the foundation for online safety education. Mr. Mayes serves on several boards including, the Alabama Association of Private Colleges and Schools, Waldorf University and Columbia Southern University Board of Trustees. He has a Master of Business Administration from Capella University and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University.