Colorado Christian University announced recently that Dr. Gary Ewen, Professor of Management and Leadership Studies, has been appointed as the new dean of its School of Business and Leadership
. He will replace Dr. Chuck King, who has been named dean emeritus by CCU President Bill Armstrong.
Prior to joining the teaching faculty of CCU, Ewen served for 16 years as the University's chief technology officer. In 2000 he received the Award for Institutional Excellence in Telecommunications from ACUTA -- the international association for information-communications technology professionals in higher education -- and in 2004 he was selected as Faculty Member of the Year by the University's business student society.
Over the years, he has helped CCU obtain numerous technological grants totaling millions of dollars, and has authored several computer-applications textbooks and several instructional software programs.
After completing his bachelor's degree at Illinois State University and a master's in education at Colorado State University, Ewen attended Regent University in Virginia, where he earned a doctorate in strategic leadership. While there, he was chosen from among his peers to receive the award for Outstanding Doctor of Strategic Leadership Project in recognition of his leadership, scholarship, and service. Beyond the classroom at CCU, Ewen is also actively involved in the lives and faith-development of his students, and has traveled with student teams in Thailand and Poland on "CCU2theWorld" short-term mission trips.
"Dr. Ewen is an excellent, knowledgeable professor who sets high standards for his students; students continually name him as one of their favorite professors," said Dr. Cherri Parks, vice president for academic affairs in CCU's College of Undergraduate Studies. She added that Ewen's strong business and leadership acumen, along with a sense for training students as global difference-makers, render the deanship a natural next step for him.
Dr. King came to CCU in 1998 following an enormously successful career as an attorney, FBI agent, corporate manager, and co-founder of an active and profitable law firm. His roles at the University included professor, dean, faculty-assembly moderator, and fellow for the Centennial Institute think tank. He also founded the Values-Aligned Leadership Summi
t (VALS), CCU's annual business-ethics conference for students and professionals, which enters its eighth installment on April 15.
King joined CCU with the goal of using his life experiences and love for God to teach and shape students -- a goal which many would say he accomplished with flying colors as dean. "Chuck King's accomplishments, faithful testimony, and service are an inspiration to us all," Armstrong stated. "We thank God for him." As dean emeritus, King will continue serving at the University in new capacities.