Shirley V. Hoogstra

President, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

Panelist, Protecting & Upholding American Ideals
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 the heart, soul and mind.

Prior to the CCCU, Hoogstra served for 15 years as vice president for student life at her alma mater, Calvin College. She also spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm specializing in litigation in New Haven, CT. She has served on the boards of several community organizations and schools, including the New Haven County Bar Association and Calvin College. She earned a bachelor’s in education at Calvin and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

  • 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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