Council for Christian Colleges & Universities President, Featured Speaker for SNU Commencement

Dr. Robert C. Andringa, President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, will be the featured speaker at the Southern Nazarene University commencement ceremony, 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 18, 2002, in the Sawyer Center on NW 39th Expressway and Donald.

A Michigan native, Bob received three degrees from Michigan State University: B.A. in marketing; M.A. in college student personnel; and, in 1967, a Ph.D. in higher education. From 1965?67, Bob was Assistant Director of The Honors College at Michigan State.

Following MSU, Bob fulfilled his Army ROTC commission as a faculty member of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C. He left there in 1969 with the rank of Captain and was awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal.

Albert H. Quie, then a Republican congressman from Minnesota, appointed Bob to the staff of the Committee on Education and Labor, U. S. House of Representatives, where he served seven years as Minority Staff Director and became a recognized national leader in higher education policy development.

In 1977, when Congressman Quie decided to run for Governor of Minnesota, he turned to his friend Bob to manage the campaign. Quie was elected and Bob stayed in Minnesota for two years to serve as Director of Policy Research in the Governor's Office.

In 1980, the Education Commission of the States called Bob to become its third Executive Director. For five years Bob served the nation's governors, legislators, state boards of education and other state leaders.

From 1985 to 1994, Dr. Andringa was a consultant specializing in services to nonprofit corporation boards and chief executives. His clients include over 150 boards and CEOs of national and international nonprofits, mainly faith-based. Bob has spoken to, trained or facilitated nearly 1300 business and professional groups, including thousands of nonprofit board members.

Dr. Andringa has served on several governing boards and national advisory groups. In 1992, Bob was a founder of CEO Dialogues, Inc., a nonprofit organization which helps other chief executives in nonprofit service. He is the co-author with Dr. Ted Engstrom of The Nonprofit Board Answer Book published by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards and is working on his second book on board governance. Bob has three honorary doctorates and has received numerous other awards.

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities is an association of 101 member colleges and universities plus 55 affiliated institutions of higher education located in 19 countries. CCCU’s headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

For more information on SNU commencement activities, contact the Academic Affairs Office at 405.491.6304.