President John S. Pistole Named to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities Board


Anderson, Ind. — Anderson University President John S. Pistole has recently been named to the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) board. 

Pistole is one of 19 members on the Board of Directors. After being approached by President Shirley V. Hoogstra to prayerfully consider having his name put forth as a candidate, Pistole agreed, and was then voted in as a new board member, effective March 2021 for a three-year term. 

There are over 180 institutions in the CCCU with over 520,000 students enrolled globally each year. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

“I am honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities,” said Pistole. “The CCCU works hard in D.C. to ensure that issues important to Christian colleges and universities, like Anderson University, are represented and communicated well to Congress and the Administration. AU has been a member of the CCCU for over 10 years.”

“President Pistole is demonstrating his commitment not only to AU, but the entire Christian higher education community in his new role within the CCCU,” said Heather Kim, vice president for enrollment, marketing and communication. “His leadership is rooted in Christ. He leads with integrity and biblical values in all he does. We are excited that he will be able to use his voice for the greater good in Christian higher education.”

The CCCU provides unique services for administration, faculty, students, and friends of Christian higher education in three pillars of strategic focus: public advocacy, professional development and scholarship, and experiential education.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.