News - Shirly Hoogstra Named 2017 Convocation Speaker

Shirly Hoogstra Named 2017 Convocation Speaker

Greenville University is pleased to announce that Shirley Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), will be the featured Convocation speaker at the University’s 125th anniversary celebration September 20. She will address the campus community and guests in H. J. Long Gymnasium from 9-10:20 a.m.Convocation Chapel The public is invited. 

Hoogstra received a bachelor’s in education at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. She practiced law for more than a decade before returning to her undergraduate alma mater to serve on its Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1999. She then served as vice president for student life, until assuming leadership with the CCCU in 2014. 

During her tenure in executive leadership at Calvin, Hoogstra also co-hosted Inner Compass, a nationally televised show on PBS in which she interviewed historians, philosophers, diplomats, culture shapers, diversity leaders, authors, leaders in the academy, artists, public intellectuals and religious leaders. 

Zeal For Law, Passion For Christian Higher Education

As president of the CCCU, Hoogstra combines her zeal for the rule of law and her passion for Christian higher education by representing the institutions of the CCCU. She promotes the importance of Christian colleges and universities as part of a diverse, pluralistic system of higher education. In an era that has seen a 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. 

The CCCU is focused in part on expanding diversity and inclusion at CCCU member campuses. The future of Christian higher education requires profound adaptability and a commitment to making education available, accessible and affordable to all students. Under Hoogstra’s leadership, the CCCU and its members work to ensure that both students and faculty of color will be hosts, not guests, at their campuses.

Hoogstra and her husband, Jeff, who practices pediatric medicine, are the parents of two married children.

Learn More

For more information about Greenville University’s 125th anniversary celebration including Convocation, contact Regina Robart,, 618-664-7000.

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This story was published on September 14, 2017

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