The Board of Trustees of Colorado Christian University is pleased to announce that Eric Hogue has been named the new president of the University. Hogue, who currently serves as vice president of University Advancement for CCU, will assume the presidency on June 1.
“Eric Hogue is uniquely qualified to lead the University during a tumultuous time for Christ-centered higher education,” said Wil Armstrong, chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees. “The search committee was impressed at every step of the process by Eric and his vision for the University. As a natural leader and gifted orator, he brings an infectious passion for Colorado Christian University. He is a true champion for Christ-centered higher education.”
Hogue steps into the presidency at the culmination of a nine-month nationwide search conducted by the University’s Board of Trustees in conjunction with CarterBaldwin, one of the top executive search firms in the country. Trustee Susan Rutherford, an experienced corporate human resources executive, drove the process as chair of the search committee. The search firm and the committee vetted over 60 qualified academic, business, and government leaders.
Hogue replaces Dr. Donald W. Sweeting, who served as president of CCU for six years before transitioning to the role of University chancellor in August 2022. CCU Trustee Tim McTavish, MBA ‘13, has been the University’s interim president since Sweeting assumed the chancellor role.
“We cast a wide and robust net in searching for the next president,” said Rutherford. “As we got to know Eric better, it was clear that he should be the next leader for CCU. We stacked him up against the highest caliber of candidates, and he came out well ahead.”
Hogue ascends to the presidency as the University marks more than a decade of enrollment growth and expansion. CCU currently has more than 9,800 traditional, adult, and graduate students enrolled at its residential campus in Lakewood, Colorado and online throughout the world.
“I am personally humbled and honored by the significance of the opportunity to serve as the next president of Colorado Christian University. The University is at a liminal moment with one foot firmly planted in our stellar history and the other stepping into what I believe is a limitless future,” said Hogue. “Our future embraces and celebrates a sincere Christ-centered higher education — with a passion to be the nation’s best performing and most respected Christ-centered, biblically sound, evangelical university.”
The incoming president brings a strong affinity for Christian higher education, having earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from William Jessup University.
Hogue brings a deep knowledge of CCU to his new role. Since 2018, he has served as vice president of University Advancement, directing a comprehensive fundraising program totaling more than $45 million, including $33.5 million for the Armstrong Center Campaign. He launched a $44 million Science Center Campaign, established the CCU Endowment Foundation to prioritize the rapid and sustained growth of future resources for the University, and birthed the CCU Fund and Hope Fund, which will raise $1.5 million annually for student scholarships.
“I am thrilled that Eric Hogue will be the next president of Colorado Christian University,” said Interim President McTavish. “Eric’s high energy, winsome style, and out-of-the-box thinking will take CCU to great heights. He has served the University impressively these last five years as our vice president of Advancement. As interim president, I’ve had the privilege of seeing him in action and have complete confidence in his ability to lead this University with excellence in every respect.”
Prior to joining CCU, Hogue served for six years as the chief development officer of William Jessup University, where he tripled WJU’s endowment fund and navigated two successful campus capital development campaigns.
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.
His wife, Tammy, is an award-winning educator who has been deeply shaped by her experience in Christ-centered higher education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Teaching from William Jessup University. She also holds a multiple-subject teaching credential with a supplemental credential in business. Eric and Tammy have two adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.