Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Whitworth President Emeritus Bill Robinson appointed interim president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities


The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities has announced that Whitworth President Emeritus Bill Robinson will serve as interim president of the organization, stepping in for Edward O. Blews, Jr. Robinson’s new role was effective Oct. 22.

Robinson says that during his time as president of Whitworth, he greatly enjoyed being on the receiving side of the many services and programs the CCCU coordinates for its member institutions. “I’m very revved up about moving over to the giving side of the equation,” he says. “The CCCU claims a strong history of serving Christian colleges and universities in their efforts to enrich the world of higher education and to advance the kingdom of Christ. I know I will enjoy being a member of the CCCU team as the board searches for a new president.”

An Oct. 21 press release issued by the CCCU states that “The Board [of the CCCU] is deeply grateful for, and excited about [Robinson’s] willingness to help in this time of transition.”

Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor is excited about Robinson’s new interim role, as well. "Soon after I was announced as Whitworth's president, Bill graciously asked me how he could support me and the university,” Taylor says. “I asked him then to serve as a statesman for Christian higher education. He's done that extremely well for the past three years and will no doubt continue to do that in his new role. I trust no one more than Bill Robinson to articulate why ideas and faith go together as we prepare minds and hearts for service and vocation."

Robinson, who served as Whitworth’s 17th president, from 1993-2010, is currently chair of the board of trustees for Princeton Theological Seminary; he also serves on the ING Educators Advisory Board, as well as on the boards for the Max De Pree Center for Leadership and the Stewardship Foundation. Before his time at Whitworth, Robinson served for seven years as president of Manchester College, in Indiana.

He has done extensive speaking, writing and research on leadership and faith-related issues, and he is the author of two books: Incarnate Leadership: Five Leadership Lessons from the Life of Jesus (Zondervan, 2009), and Leading People from the Middle – The Universal Mission of Mind and Heart (Executive Excellence Publishing, 2002), which was republished by IUniverse in 2009.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Pamela Jones, director of communications, CCCU, (202) 546-8713 or pjones@cccu.org.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.