Earlier today the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) installed Edward O. Blews, Jr. as the sixth president of its association–an organization committed to advancing Christian higher education. The CCCU consists of 171 institutions around the world focusing on the arts and sciences.  

Trained as a lawyer, Blews comes to the position with a deep background in higher education issues and policies, having served for 28 years as the president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan.  

Those offering greetings and accolades included U.S. House members Dave Camp and Tim Walberg of Michigan, David Warren–President of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Molly Corbett Broad–president of the American Council on Education, and Kim Phipps, CCCU board chair and president of Messiah College (PA).  

With increasing fiscal constraints, a likely uptick in federal regulatory and sub-regulatory activities, and accreditation on deck for HEA reauthorization, President Blews will have plenty on which to engage.