Council for Christian Colleges and Universities removes president following investigation

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Friday, October 25, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities announced Tuesday that it unanimously agreed to remove the organization's president after "careful investigation and prayerful consideration."

Edward O. Blews served as the organization's president for less than a year before the board decided to "transition" him out of the position. The press release announcing the change does not say why Blews was investigated and a CCCU spokesperson told CP via email that the group has no additional information to share on the issue.

"The Board recognizes that this presidential transition has caused disruption in the programs and to the people of the CCCU, and we are truly sorry for this disruption," the organization said in a statement. "We remain deeply committed to the mission of the CCCU, the most important aspect of which is serving our members. We appreciate your patience and prayers in this time of transition and your continued support of the programs and the people of the CCCU."

Blews was announced as president-elect in July 2012 and he later assumed the title of president in January of this year. He previously served as the president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Michigan (AICUM) for 28 years, and has over the years held a number of leadership roles in other higher education organizations as well.

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