Armstrong Named President of Colorado Christian University
Former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong has been named President of Colorado Christian University, a University spokesman announced today. Armstrong will join CCU on August 15, 2006. He succeeds retiring president Dr. Larry Donnithorne who has been named president emeritus.
"Bill Armstrong reflects our Christian values and commitment to academic excellence. Under his leadership, CCU will earn a strong national reputation," commented Bill White, Chairman of the CCU Board of Trustees.
Accepting the Board's designation, Armstrong praised the trustees and his predecessor for "getting CCU on a sound financial footing," and for the school's dedicated faculty, rising enrollments, and for modernizing the University's administrative capabilities. "What Dr. Donnithorne and his colleagues have accomplished makes it possible for future generations to build a great university," Armstrong said.
"Colorado Christian University is committed to honoring Christ and sharing His love on campus and around the world. CCU will always teach students to trust the Bible, live holy lives, and speak out for their faith. And now, more than ever before, CCU intends to be a magnet for outstanding students and to prepare them for significant positions of leadership."
"Our goal is to offer excellent education in strategic disciplines and to teach students how to learn, to write and speak effectively, and to think for themselves. CCU firmly supports American traditions of faith, family, compassion for the poor, sanctity of life, a Biblical view of human nature, and economic and political freedom. We reject the 'spent ideas' that erode western civilization. I am deeply honored to become part of Colorado Christian University," Armstrong commented.
Bill Armstrong, a Colorado businessman, served in the Colorado Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives from 1972 to1978 and the United States Senate from 1978 to 1990. He was a member of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Banking Committee, and the Senate Budget Committee. For six years, he served as Chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.
Deciding not to seek reelection in 1990, Senator Armstrong returned to Colorado to fulfill "three goals - to Praise the Lord, have some fun, and make some money."
He is Chairman of Cherry Creek Mortgage Company, one of the state's largest lending institutions and of Greenwood Capital, also a mortgage banking firm, and Blueberry Systems, a software development company.
In addition, Bill is Chairman of the Denver-based Oppenheimer Funds, a director of Helmerich and Payne, a leading oil and gas drilling contractor. Previously he has been a director of six public companies and the owner/operator of 13 private companies including radio and television stations, a daily newspaper, a real estate brokerage company, and title insurance and investment firms.
Bill has an active personal ministry of evangelism and has presented gospel messages at hundreds of prayer breakfasts, outreach events, and rallies. For the past 15 years, he has been a member of the Board of Campus Crusade for Christ. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees from eight universities.
Bill is married to the former Ellen M. Eaton of Chadron, Nebraska. The Armstrongs have two children and eight grandchildren. They live in Cherry Hills Village and are members of Cherry Hills Community Church.
Colorado Christian University is a nondenominational liberal arts institution serving more than 2,500 students. Established in 1914, CCU has a long-standing presence of Christian education in Colorado, across the United States and beyond.