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.
Ron Benton joined CCU in June 2004 from Santa Rosa, CA, where he was the superintendent and chief business officer of a large Christian school. He began his career in K-12 education, serving first as an elementary school principal, then as a K-12 administrator. Ron is responsible for a wide scope including: university communications, human resources, auxiliaries, support services and university transportation, risk management, procurement and management of university FF&E inventory, the maintenance of CCU’s real estate portfolio including space planning and operating and maintaining buildings and grounds. He holds an MBA from Le Tourneau University and an MSEd. from Bob Jones University.
Dan Cohrs is the Chief Financial Officer for Colorado Christian University. In this role, he oversees CCU’s operating and capital budget, the Controller’s Office and Treasury operations, Information Technology, Service Central, the Registrar’s Office, Student Financial Aid and other areas of operations at the University. Mr. Cohrs joined CCU in 2010 and was previously CFO of several other public, private and non-profit organizations as well as a Partner in a National CPA firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City.
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.
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.