Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University, has been elected to the board of directors of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) based in Washington, D.C. Edwards' three-year term will begin immediately.
"The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities unites a strong list of institutions in a mission to strengthen faith-based education for the 220,000 students they serve across the nation," said Dr. James L. Edwards president of Anderson University. "I am honored to join their ranks in this truly opportune moment."
The responsibilities of the CCCU board include: determine and hold the Council to its mission and goals; establish standing policies to guide the board and staff; link with campus presidents and act on institutional membership and affiliate issues; select, nurture and evaluate the CEO; ensure financial solvency and integrity, including help in locating major donors; help represent the Council externally; and evaluate and improve itself as the governing body.
"Dr. Edwards brings outstanding experience and leadership to our board, all of whom look forward to serving with him to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education," said Dr. Robert C. Andringa, president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. "Higher education, including Christian colleges, faces some daunting challenges in the years ahead. For Christian colleges, key issues include protecting the right to include faith in hiring decisions, campus financing, helping new faculty integrate faith and learning, providing excellent study abroad opportunities for students, and encouraging campuses to engage the culture with biblical views on social justice."
In addition to his responsibilities as AU president-a position he assumed in July of 1990-Edwards has remained actively involved in the local community as well as in higher-education circles. His leadership roles have included membership on the boards of directors of Saint John's Healthcare System, Citizens Banking Company and the United Way of Madison County, the Madison County Community Foundation, Independent Colleges of Indiana and the Indiana Council for Higher Education. He is a graduate of Anderson University, the Anderson University School of Theology and holds a Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University.
The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities comprises 176 Christian colleges and universities within the United States and 24 nations. The mission of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.
Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate degrees and graduate program of study in business education, nursing and theology.