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 College (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 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 combines her zeal for the rule of law and her passion for Christian higher education.

The CCCU’s outward-facing work at its intersection with government in Washington, D.C. calls upon Hoogstra’s authentic skills of listening, respecting, and influencing leaders as she shares and promotes the importance of Christian colleges and universities as a part of a diverse, pluralistic system of higher education. In an era that has seen the rise in the value of individualism and a decrease in the value of formative communities, Hoogstra delights in highlighting the value and purpose of high quality, Christ-centered liberal arts education that shapes the heart, soul, and mind.

Always an educator, Hoogstra has never lost her joy of seeing people developed to be their best selves. This is why the Council’s professional development conferences for CCCU campus administrators, its promotion and encouragement of scholarship and teaching among CCCU faculty, and its innovative and immersive BestSemester student programs remain at the core of the CCCU’s work.

President's Cabinet

Keith Graybill, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Vice President for Finance & Administration

Shapri D. LoMaglio, J.D.

Vice President for Government & External Relations

Rick Ostrander, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs & Professional Programs

Board of Directors

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


James H. Barnes, III, Ed.D.
President, Bethel University


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

Vice Chair

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


Robin E. Baker, Ph.D.
President, George Fox University


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


Peggy S. Campbell
President, Ambassador Advertising Agency


Andy Crouch, M.Div.
Partner for Theology and Culture, Praxis


Lowell Haines, J.D., Ed.D.
President, Taylor University


Derek Halvorson, Ph.D.
President, Covenant College


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


L. Randolph Lowry III, M.P.A., J.D.
President, Lipscomb University


Claude O. Pressnell Jr., Ed.D.
President, Tennessee Independent Colleges & Universities Association


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


Carol Taylor, Ph.D.
President, Evangel University


Evans P. Whitaker, Ph.D.
President, Anderson University