President Shirley V. Hoogstra
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.
Carolyn Dirksen, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President of Educational Programs
Carolyn Dirksen was born in Bisbee, AZ. She completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Northern Arizona University and her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona. For 50 years, she served on the faculty at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. In her role as Vice President for Academic Affairs, she developed Lee’s study abroad program. Dirksen’s previous work with the CCCU includes serving as chair of the Chief Academic Officers Commission and on staff for the Women’s Advanced Leadership Institute.
Shapri D. LoMaglio, J.D.
Senior Vice President for Government & External Relations
Shapri D. LoMaglio leads the CCCU’s response to legislative, legal, and regulatory matters on behalf of its more than 180 institutions of Christ-centered higher education. She advocates on their behalf in Washington, D.C. on a wide range of policy issues rooted in their shared faith. LoMaglio is a graduate of CCCU member institution Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.) and earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona (Tucson).