CCCU Leadership

President Shirley V. Hoogstra

A visionary leader who is passionate about Christian higher education and the role it plays in the common good, Shirley V. Hoogstra became the seventh president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in September 2014.

Having received a bachelor’s in education at Calvin University (Grand Rapids, MI) and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, Hoogstra spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm that specialized in litigation in New Haven, Connecticut. She served as the president of the New Haven Country Bar Association and was a founding board member and officer of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. She then returned to the world of Christian higher education and became Calvin’s vice president for student life in July 1999, a role she served in until she became president of the CCCU.

As CCCU president, Hoogstra has overseen the introduction of a variety of new, innovative initiatives, including an online course-sharing consortium, insurance consortium, accreditation steering council, and doctoral education council. She has focused on expanding diversity and inclusion on CCCU campuses and making education available, accessible, and affordable to all students. Hoogstra continues to be an advocate for increasing access to education for incarcerated individuals and supporting undocumented students as they seek to complete their education.

Hoogstra serves on the steering committee for the Washington Higher Ed Secretariat, is a leader for the Evangelical Immigration Table, and serves on the boards of the American Council on Education, the National Association of Evangelicals, and Trinity Forum. She received honorary doctorate degrees from Gordon College and Nyack College and was the recipient of the Nina Griggs Gunter Servant Leadership Award, the Lifetime Education Impact Award (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference), and the Keepers of the American Dream Award (National Immigration Forum).

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President's Cabinet

Mandi Bolton

Mandi Bolton

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mandi Bolton

Mandi Bolton serves as the CCCU’s Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. She brings two decades of experience in accounting, finance, and auditing for both nonprofit and for-profit entities. Prior to joining the CCCU in 2017, she served as the director of accounting for McLean Bible Church in Vienna, Virginia and as an auditor for a regional public accounting firm based in McLean, Virginia. She is a graduate of Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Casey Lamar, M.B.A.

Associate Vice President, People & Engagement

Casey Lamar, M.B.A.

Casey Lamar serves as the CCCU’s Associate Vice President, People & Engagement. She brings 13+ years of nonprofit experience to her role. Prior to joining the CCCU in 2015, she served as the director of conferences and events and as the liaison for the World Business Partners and Associates Board of Directors for ACI-NA, an association representing the aviation industry in the United States and Canada. She also serves on and is chair of the elder board of Christ City Church in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.

Stan Rosenberg

Stan Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Vice President for Research and Scholarship

Stan Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Stan Rosenberg is the founding director of Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO), the UK subsidiary of the CCCU. He is also an academic member of Wycliffe Hall, on the faculty of theology and religion at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of the International Society of Science & Religion. He has published on Augustine’s thought, early Christianity and Greco-Roman science, and ancient preaching and popular religion. Rosenberg is on the editorial board of the journal, Religions, and on advisory councils for BioLogos and the Museum of the Bible. He has overseen numerous science and religion projects for faculty funded by major granting bodies and directs the Logos program on biblical manuscripts, texts, and reception. Recently, he co-organized a funded project that led to his edited book, Finding Ourselves after Darwin: Conversations on the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil. He holds a B.A. from Colorado State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America.

Board of Directors

Shirley V. Hoogstra, J.D.
President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Shirley A. Mullen, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Houghton College

David Wright, Ph.D.
President, Indiana Wesleyan University
Vice Chair

Philip Graham Ryken, M.Div., D.Phil.
President, Wheaton College

Sidney J. Jansma Jr., M.B.A.
Chair of the Board, Wolverine Gas and Oil Corporation

Charles W. Pollard, J.D., Ph.D.
President, John Brown University
Immediate Past Chair

Bishop Claude Alexander, Jr., M.Div., D.Min.
Senior Pastor, The Park Church
Dan Boone, D.Min
President, Trevecca Nazarene University
Andy Crouch, M.Div.
Partner for Theology and Culture, Praxis
Sherilyn R. Emberton, Ed.D.
President, Huntington University
Justin E. Giboney, J.D.
Co-Founder and President, AND Campaign
David Hoag, Ph.D.
President, Warner University
Erik Hoekstra, Ph.D.
President, Dordt University
L. Randolph Lowry III, M.P.A., J.D.
President, Lipscomb University
John S. Pistole, J.D.
President, Anderson University (IN)
Deana L. Porterfield, Ed.D.
President, Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary
Claude O. Pressnell Jr., Ed.D.
President, Tennessee Independent Colleges & Universities Association
Andrew Westmoreland, Ed.D.
President Emeritus, Samford University
Evans P. Whitaker, Ph.D.
President, Anderson University (SC)