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Rick Ostrander

CESA Symposium 2017 Keynote Speakers

Monday, October 2nd

Rick Ostrander

A scholar of American religion and a respected academic administrator throughout the CCCU, Ostrander brings more than two decades of experience in Christian higher education to the Council. 

“In Rick, we have found the right person at the right time for this essential and strategic leadership position,” said CCCU President Shirley V. Hoogstra. “I am thrilled that scholar and leader with his integrity and vision for Christian higher education will be joining our team, enriching and improving our membership services and student programs while modeling academic excellence for our faculty and administrators.” 

Ostrander is past provost of CCCU member Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he served from 2009 to 2015. Before that, he served as dean of undergraduate studies and associate professor of history at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. 

Ostrander received a Fulbright award in 2004 to teach and conduct a curriculum review at the University of Wurzburg in Wurzburg, Germany. He has written numerous articles and is the author of “Reconsidering College: Christian Higher Education for Working Adults” (2014) and “Why College Matters to God: Academic Faithfulness and Christian Higher Education” (2009). 

Ostrander received his Ph.D. in American history at the University of Notre Dame and holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan and Moody Bible Institute. He has also served on the CCCU’s Chief Academic Officers commission and has spoken frequently at CCCU campuses and academic conferences, discussing diverse topics such as the digital revolution, education for cultural influence, developing Christian virtues, and sustainable models of campus internationalization.