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Shirley V. Hoogstra

President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Moderator, “Higher Education Pipeline”, Leading the Way 2020
Panelist, “Protecting & Upholding American Ideals”, Leading the Way 2018
Honoree, 2018 Keepers of the American Dream

Shirley V. Hoogstra became the seventh president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities in September 2014. In this role, Hoogstra combines her zeal for the rule of law and her passion for Christian higher education as she promotes the value and purpose of high quality, Christ-centered liberal arts education that shapes students who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, and mind.

Prior to the CCCU, Hoogstra served for 15 years as vice president for student life at her alma mater, Calvin University. She also spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm specializing in litigation in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Always an educator, Hoogstra has never lost her joy of seeing people developed to be their best selves. She continues to advocate for expanding diversity and inclusion on CCCU campuses and making education available, accessible, and affordable to all students.

  • Read President Hoogstra’s post, “Christian Colleges: A Home for Dreamers,” on the Leading the Way Blog.
  • Listen to President Hoogstra on “Only in America”¬†


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