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Speaker Pelosi and Secretary DeVos Announced as Speakers for 2019 Presidents Conference

Speaker Pelosi and Secretary DeVos Announced as Speakers for 2019 Presidents Conference

January 28, 2019

WASHINGTON—Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, have been confirmed as speakers for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities’ 2019 Presidents Conference, which brings close to 100 Christian college and university presidents from across the country and around the world to Washington D.C., January 30-February 1, 2019.

This year’s conference will be hosted at the Washington Court Hotel, with select programming taking place on Capitol Hill. Speaker Pelosi and Secretary DeVos join a previously announced lineup of nearly two dozen plenary speakers, including:

  • Laurie Barnett, Director of Communications & Outreach, Southwest Airlines
  • Rabbi Ari Berman, President, Yeshiva University
  • Barry C. Black, Chaplain, U.S. Senate
  • Esther Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Arthur C. Brooks, President, American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
  • John J. DeGioia, President, Georgetown University
  • Father John P. Fitzgibbons, President, Regis University
  • Diane Auer Jones, Principal Deputy Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Miles McPherson, Author & Pastor, The Rock Church
  • Russell Moore, President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College
  • Brenda Salter McNeil, Author & Associate Professor of Reconciliation Studies, Seattle Pacific University
  • Justin Skeesuck & Patrick Gray, Authors & Subject of the Documentary I’ll Push You
  • Peter Wehner, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center, and New York Times contributor
  • Kevin J Worthen, President, Brigham Young University
  • Hamza Yusuf, President, Zaytuna College

“Our annual conference brings together key leaders from Christian higher education institutions around the world to share perspectives, collaborate on solutions, and build relationships. Our goal is twofold: to address the challenges and opportunities facing Christian higher education and to equip and encourage leaders for the year ahead in light of our shared commitment to Christian mission and academic excellence,” shared CCCU President Shirley V. Hoogstra.

As part of the conference, former Lost Boy of Sudan Dr. Jacob Atem, a 2008 graduate of CCCU institution Spring Arbor University and the co-founder, president, and CEO of the Southern Sudan Healthcare Organization, will receive the 2019 CCCU Young Alumni Award.

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Additional award recipients include U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black receiving the Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award; Michael Galligan-Stierle, President of the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities, and David Warren, President of the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities, each receiving the Champion of Higher Education Award; Karen Buchwald Wright, Chairman, President & CEO of Ariel Corporation, receiving the Champion of Vision Award; and recognition of Walter & Darlene Hansen for their more than 20 years of support for faculty scholarship.

MEDIA: Credentialed media interested in attending any portion of the conference must pre-register by emailing

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