Colorado Christian University
Armstrong Legacy

Armstrong Legacy

HONORING THE LIFE AND LEGACY
OF BILL ARMSTRONG

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ABOUT THE ARMSTRONG LEGACY

 

The Armstrong Legacy initiative of Colorado Christian University is an effort to secure $30.2 million for the Armstrong Center, and $19.2 million for our second new academic building. An additional $50 million will also be pursued to provide a new endowment fund for need-based student scholarships.

These causes were championed by Bill Armstrong during his tenure as president of Colorado Christian University, and they are the causes that are at the heart of the Armstrong Legacy at CCU.

COLORADO CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

ABOUT CCU

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION’S FLAGSHIP CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY.

Colorado Christian University has a century-old legacy of serving students who desire a challenging, Christ-centered education. What began as a one-room school in 1914 has become the premier interdenominational Christian university in the eight-state Rocky Mountain region. More than 8,000 students attend classes at the University’s main campus in Lakewood, Colorado, in regional centers throughout the state, and online.

CCU offers more than 100 degrees and academic programs for traditional and adult students through its College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

THE CCU DIFFERENCE

PURSUING TRUTH. DEVELOPING THE MIND AND HEART.

COLORADO. Because of our unique location between Denver and the Rocky Mountains, we offer the best of both worlds and countless opportunities for our students to seek adventure.

CHRISTIAN. CCU is first and foremost a community of committed Christian believers who are rooted in a deep respect for higher education, centered on a Christian worldview. For us, the Bible offers a sure foundation for sound thinking, holy living, and effective service.

UNIVERSITY. CCU is a university of the liberal arts and professions. We emphasize excellence in our academic programs while encouraging our students in the relentless pursuit of truth and the development of the mind and heart.

  • Top 2%

    We value a rigorous education.

    CCU's core curriculum has ranked in the top 2% of universities nationwide by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) every year since 2012.

    8,421 Students

    We are growing.

    More than 8,000 students attend classes in our College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

  • 50 States

    We learn and study around the nation.

    CCU students come from all 50 states and 17 countries. Over 50 percent of our students are from outside of Colorado.

    United in Christ

    We strengthen the whole body of Christ.

    There are 68 Christian denominations represented among our students on campus.

  • CCU2theWorld

    We minister to the world.

    In the last 20 years, CCU students have gone on 270+ missions trips to 50 countries and around the United States.

    18,040 Alumni

    Our graduates are prepared for a life of impact.

    We have over 18,000 alumni living around the world who work to influence politics, medicine, the arts, social sciences, and more for Christ.

BILL ARMSTRONG

CCU PRESIDENCY

Former U.S. Senator Bill Armstrong became president of Colorado Christian University on August 15, 2006. He displayed an uncommon vision for our times by adopting the University’s Strategic Objectives at the beginning of his presidency, and by leading the University during a period of unprecedented growth.

During Bill Armstrong’s tenure as CCU president, enrollment nearly tripled from 2,500 students in 2006 to over 7,000 students in 2016 — and has since grown to more than 8,000 students in 2018. His commitment to academic excellence attracted high-caliber students with GPAs and standardized test scores significantly above the national average. In addition, Bill Armstrong spearheaded a realignment of the University's core curriculum which has earned CCU a top two percent ranking by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni every year since 2012.

Bill Armstrong passed away on July 5, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. His true legacy was his focus on Jesus and his enthusiasm for Colorado Christian University, and all who are a part of it.

I feel a great sense of destiny about the opportunity to educate a new generation of leaders. It is the most significant, energizing, and rewarding work I have ever undertaken.

– Bill Armstrong, upon being named president of CCU

BUSINESSMAN. PUBLIC SERVANT. UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT. CHRIST FOLLOWER.

Bill Armstrong, a successful Colorado businessman, served in the Colorado State House of Representatives (1963-1964), the Colorado Senate (1965-1972), U.S. House of Representatives (1973-1978), and U.S. Senate (1979-1990). For six years he served as chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee.

Bill owned and operated over a dozen private companies. He also served as chairman of Cherry Creek Mortgage Company, Greenwood Capital, and Blueberry Systems, and as a director of six public companies.

He had an active personal ministry of evangelism and presented the gospel in nearly all 50 states at hundreds of prayer breakfasts, outreach events, and rallies.

CCU's NEW CAMPUS PROJECTS

BUILDING A LEGACY.

Since the launch of CCU's campus redevelopment in 2012, four new buildings have been completed:

  • Leprino Hall, the first new academic building
  • Yetter Hall, the first new residential building
  • Anschutz Student Center
  • Rockmont Hall, a 330-bed residential building

To celebrate God’s faithfulness and honor the life and legacy of our late president Bill Armstrong, CCU is planning the construction of the Armstrong Center. This beautiful new facility will house CCU’s first dedicated chapel, the University Library, and dedicated academic space for media production and the School of Music.

In addition, we are planning the construction of a second academic building. Enrollment in CCU’s Natural Sciences and Mathematics department has tripled over the last five years — the academic building will provide for increased science and technology needs.

With the addition of the Armstrong Center and a second new academic building, completion of the academic quad will add over 100,000 square feet of educational space.

In August 2019, Colorado Christian University dedicated Rockmont Hall, the second new residential facility to house our students on the Lakewood campus.


Great buildings don’t make a great university, but a great university requires great buildings.

– Bill Armstrong, upon launching CCU's Campus Redevelopment Campaign

LEPRINO HALL (2014)
YETTER HALL (2015)
ANSCHUTZ STUDENT CENTER (2017)
ARMSTRONG CENTER
ACADEMIC QUAD
ACADEMIC BUILDING TWO
  • LEPRINO HALL

    CCU’s first new academic building was completed in fall 2014.

  • YETTER HALL

    Our first new residential building was completed in fall 2015.

  • ANSCHUTZ STUDENT CENTER

    The new student center in summer 2017.

  • ARMSTRONG CENTER

    Construction will be starting soon depending on funding.

  • ACADEMIC QUAD

    Construction will be starting soon depending on funding.

  • ACADEMIC BUILDING TWO

    Construction will be starting soon depending on funding.

CCU PRESIDENT DONALD W. SWEETING

It’s my honor to be able to help continue Bill Armstrong's legacy as we work together to transform CCU's campus.

– Dr. Donald W. Sweeting, president of CCU

OUR REQUEST

HONORING HIS LIFE AND LEGACY

As a businessman, public servant, and university president, Bill Armstrong left an impact on the hearts of everyone he met. Though he served only ten years as president of Colorado Christian University, he cast an extraordinary vision for our next 100 years.

President Armstrong envisioned a university that would be a light in the Rocky Mountain west that leads with the highest standards of academics, ministers to the world, and engages the culture. He launched CCU’s campaign to redevelop our campus because he believed that a world-class academic environment is necessary to prepare students to become world changers for Jesus Christ.

Will you partner with us on this journey? Will you help us honor the life and legacy of Bill Armstrong?


Dad didn’t get to finish what he set out to do, but his mission is one and the same with CCU’s mission.

– Wil Armstrong, son of Bill Armstrong and member of CCU’s Board of Trustees

Together We Can Finish Well

“I dream of finishing our campus, of building a great, inspiring setting where students can learn and have an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment. I dream that we build a great Christian university where we train as many students as possible to live for Christ, to love God’s word, to love people, and to spread the light of Christ in every vocation.”

– Dr. Donald W. Sweeting, President of CCU

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