Board of Directors Announces CCCU Presidential Transition

October 22, 2013

WASHINGTON – After careful investigation and prayerful consideration, the Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has unanimously decided to transition Dr. Edward O. Blews, Jr., from the position of president effective October 22, 2013.

The CCCU Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. William Robinson, president emeritus of Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., has agreed to serve as interim president of the CCCU. Robinson earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree from Wheaton College, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He has also studied at Moody Bible Institute and Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Robinson served for seven years as the president of Manchester College in Indiana before moving to Whitworth, where he served as president with great distinction for 17 years. Robinson is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary and a board member of ING Educators Advisory Board, Max De Pree Center for Leadership, and the Stewardship Foundation. He has written two outstanding books on leadership, Incarnate Leadership and Leading People from the Middle.

Robinson is well known to many in the CCCU, and the Board is deeply grateful for, and excited about, his willingness to help in this time of transition. He will be transitioning into this new role over the next several months as he finishes other longstanding commitments. 

“During my years at Whitworth, I enjoyed being on the receiving side of so many CCCU programs and services,” Robinson said. “So I’m very revved up about moving over to the giving side of the equation. The CCCU claims a strong history of serving Christian colleges and universities in their efforts to enrich the world of higher education and advance the kingdom of Christ. I know I will enjoy being a member of the CCCU team as the Board searches for a new president.” 


About the CCCU: The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 174 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. The 119 member campuses in North America are all fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 55 affiliate campuses from 20 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. Visit