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.

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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