Gloria Gaither receives national CCCU honor

Tue, 2012-07-24 10:34 -- univcomm
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities recently presented the 2002 Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award to AU alumnae Gloria Gaither at the CCCU Presidents Conference in Washington, D.C. This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated uncommon leadership that reflects the values of Christian higher education. The award was established in 1997 in honor of Senator Mark O. Hatfield, a longtime supporter of the Council. Gloria Gaither has distinguished herself as a successful author, songwriter, speaker and advocate for Christian higher education. Pictured (l-r) Dr. Robert C. Andringa, President of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Gloria Gaither, Bill Gaither, Dr. James Edwards, President of Anderson University. Photo provided by the CCCU.

Gloria has authored many books, including such best-sellers as Because He Lives (Zondervan) God Gave the Song (Zondervan) and the "Blessing" series—Bless This House, Bless This Marriage, Bless This Child, By This Fire, Things I Must Tell the Children—(J. Countryman/Word).

Gloria has written the lyrics to more than 600 songs including such Gospel classics as "Because He Lives," "Something About That Name," "Something Beautiful" and "I am a Promise." She has written musicals, produced the Homecoming Kids Video Series for children and writes scripts for the Gaither Homecoming Video Series.

She is an outspoken champion for the work of Christian colleges and universities. A 1963 graduate of Anderson University, Ind., Gloria has served as an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater and has received honorary doctorates from six colleges and universities including one from Anderson. Dale Hanson Bourke describes Gloria as an individual who is "as apt to quote Steinbeck as the Bible," and who is "quick to point out small-minded thinking, which she considers a great threat to Christianity."

Gloria assumed her first formal leadership role in advancing Christian higher education as a member of the CCCU board of directors. Now she serves as a trustee for the Council's United Christian College Fund.

Previous Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award recipients include Charles Colson, Millard and Linda Fuller, Carl F. H. Henry, Billy Graham, Arthur F. Holmes and Mark O. Hatfield.

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) is a higher education association of more than 150 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world. There are 101 member campuses in North America and all are fully-accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. In addition, 54 affiliate campuses from 19 countries are part of the CCCU. The Council's mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help its institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,400 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education and theology.