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 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

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Mandi Bolton

Mandi Bolton serves as the CCCU’s vice president for finance and administration. 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.

Carolyn Dirksen, Ph.D.

Interim Vice President of Educational Programs

Carolyn Dirksen, Ph.D.

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 LoMaglio

Shapri D. LoMaglio, J.D.

Senior Vice President for Government & External Relations

Shapri D. LoMaglio, J.D.

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).

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., D.Phil.
President, Wheaton College

Carol Taylor, Ph.D.
President, Evangel University

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