Shirley Hoogstra President of the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities

Shirley Hoogstra serves as president of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. She is passionate about Christian higher education and the role it plays in the common good. Shirley joined the Trinity Forum Board of Trustees in 2018.

Having received a bachelor’s in education at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI) and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law, Hoogstra spent more than a decade practicing law as a partner at a firm that specialized in litigation in New Haven, Connecticut. While at this practice, she served on the New Haven County Bar Association, as well as on a number of civic boards and at local schools and churches. She was also a founding board member and officer of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

Hoogstra and her husband, Jeff, who practices pediatric medicine, are the parents of two married children: Dave (Amy) and Mary (Adam).