Bill Armstrong became president of Colorado Christian University after decades in business – as a director of several large public companies, chairman of Oppenheimer mutual funds and owner/operator of private companies in radio and TV broadcasting, newspapers, mortgage banking, real estate, insurance and investments. He served in the Colorado General Assembly for ten years, the U.S. House of Representatives for six years and for twelve years in the United States Senate where he was chairman of the Republican Policy Committee. He is the recipient of honorary degrees from eight universities. President Armstrong served for 18 years as a Director of Campus Crusade for Christ and was a member of the board of CBMC. Mr. Armstrong and his wife Ellen are parents of two and grandparents of eight. They are members of Cherry Hills Community Church of Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
John Andrews joined Colorado Christian University in 2009 as Director of the Centennial Institute, the University’s public policy think tank. Prior to joining CCU, John served in the Colorado Senate for eight years, including one term as President of the Senate; as chairman of the State Policy Network; and director of TCI Cable News. He also served on a foreign scholarships commission for President George W. Bush, as a speechwriter for President Nixon, and as an education appointee under President Reagan. He also founded the Independence Institute, a free-market think tank in Golden, Colorado. John has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, having served as a vice president for Hillsdale College and as adjunct faculty in public policy at the Colorado School of Mines. He also continues his longstanding work as a columnist for the Denver Post and as a TV/radio commentator.
Dan Cohrs joined Colorado Christian University in January 2010 as Vice President for Business Affairs and the Chief Financial Officer. In this role, he oversees CCU’s operating and capital budget, the Controller’s Office and Treasury operations, banking and finance, Information Technology, Service Central, the Registrar’s Office, Student Financial Aid, Human Resources, and other administrative operations. Prior to joining CCU, Dan was an officer and CFO of several public, private and non-profit organizations, as well as a Denver Partner in a National CPA firm, specializing in real estate, banking, governmental and non-profit auditing. He was also CFO and Associate Executive Director for a large non-profit that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. He holds an active CPA certificate in Colorado and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma Christian University. He and his wife Tomasita have four children and eight grandchildren.
Shannon Dreyfuss was named Vice President of Colorado Christian University in August of 2013. Prior to assuming this role, he served as Assistant to the President for CCU's Lakewood Campus Redevelopment. In his role as Vice President, Shannon continues to spearhead the campus redevelopment project, and oversees the facilities, grounds, and maintenance departments of the main campus. Prior to his service at CCU, Shannon served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. He also served as Director of Operations at Cherry Hills Community Church for more than 10 years, leading operations, IT and project development. Shannon received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from the University of Denver. Shannon and his wife, Liz, "have four great kids"!
Paul Eldridge joined Colorado Christian University in May of 2011 as Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations. He leads the Development and Alumni Relations Team at CCU and oversees fundraising efforts and alumni relations for the university. Before joining CCU, Paul was Senior Director of Development and Planned Giving at John Brown University for over eight years where he played a key role in the success of the $110 Million Keeping Faith Campaign. Prior to his work in development and planned giving, Paul practiced law in southern California. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from John Brown University, a Master of Arts degree from Simon Greenleaf University and a Juris Doctor degree from Trinity Law School. Paul and his wife, Laurie, have been married for twenty four years and have three daughters.
Jim McCormick has served as the Vice President for Student Life at CCU since 1995. Prior to this appointment, Jim experienced enormous success in the Student Affairs field at three institutions before beginning his service at CCU. In his role, Jim oversees the following CCU departments: Campus Ministries, Counseling Services, Cougar Athletics, Health Services, Life Directions Center, Residence Life, Student Activities and Programs, and the Traditional Undergraduate Enrollment Office. Jim completed his Bachelor's degree in Public Relations and Communication from the University of Northern Colorado and received his Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He and his wife Lori have two children and reside in Golden, Colorado.
Steve Miller joined Colorado Christian University in November 2011 and represents the University in a variety of legal and regulatory matters. Before coming to CCU, he was a transactional attorney at Qwest and US West, and the General Counsel at Telseon, Inc. Steve graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and received his Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1974. Prior to joining a private firm in Denver, Steve served as a JAG in the Air Force as a litigator for 6 years. Steve and his wife Carol have been married for 43 years and have three grown children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in the Denver area.
Before being voted by the faculty and appointed by the Administration as VPAA in 2006, Dr. Cherri Parks was Dean for the School of Humanities and Sciences and a Professor of Psychology at CCU for 14 years. In her role as VPAA at Colorado Christian University, Dr. Parks has led the faculty through a presidential transition and a subsequent redefinition of the University’s identity initiated by the Board of Trustees and the President. Dr. Parks has also initiated and led focused efforts toward greater academic excellence and rigor and faculty professional development. Cherri and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1980 and have lived in Denver since 1992. They were in college and graduate school the first eight years of their marriage; each received a Ph.D. at Mississippi State University.