News: Hogue Inaugurated as 22nd CCU President

Hogue Inaugurated as 22nd CCU President

Eric K. Hogue was inaugurated as the 22nd president of Colorado Christian University on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, in front of students, faculty, staff and community members in the CCU Event Center in Lakewood.

“In today’s culture, courageous and uncompromising Christ-centered higher education enjoys an unprecedented opportunity to serve the Church by impacting this world with grace and truth — the grace of Jesus Christ and the absolute truths of a Christian worldview,” said Hogue in his address following the investiture ceremony. “CCU is and will remain an unapologetic Christ-centered university that seeks to educate every student through academic enterprise, conserving and transmitting flourishing human wisdom.”

Hogue was named president by the CCU Board of Trustees in March following an extensive nationwide search. He follows Dr. Donald W. Sweeting, who was appointed chancellor of the university in August 2022 after serving for six years as the university’s president.

Hogue assumes leadership of a university that has experienced consistent enrollment growth and expansion for more than a decade. CCU currently serves more than 9,000 traditional, adult and graduate students enrolled at its residential campus in Lakewood and online throughout the world. CCU has also recently been recognized by both the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report as a leading university.

He was joined in the investiture ceremony by Dr. John Jackson, president of Jessup University in the Rocklin, California; Dr. Carol Summers, a now-retired longtime university administrator; Dr. Adam Morris, president of Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California; Dr. Brad Johnson, president of the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri; Wil Armstrong, chairman of CCU’s Board of Trustees; Dr. Donald W Sweeting, CCU chancellor; Dr. Janet Black, vice president of academic affairs for CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies; and Dr. Sarah Scherling, vice president of academic affairs for CCU’s College of Adult and Undergraduate Studies.

Concluding the investiture ceremony, Armstrong provided this charge to the president: “You have been chosen to lead our university for a purpose far greater than this moment.  You have been called to guide our community towards academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and spiritual growth.  Your leadership carries the weight of responsibility and the promise of a brighter future for each and every soul entrusted to your care.”

Hogue is known for his roles as a former political candidate; practicing theologian and pastor; and long-tenured radio, television and media professional. He is the author of "The Winning Side of the Ask: The Heart and Skills of the Donor-Centric Professional Fundraiser," a book dedicated to helping nonprofits design a thriving philanthropic culture.

Hogue holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from William Jessup University. He is married to Tammy, an award-winning, academically published elementary school educator who earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Teaching from William Jessup University. They have two adult daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren.

Watch the full ceremony