Dellenback Gift Will Support International Institutions

April 27, 2016
Photo courtesy of the Dellenback Family
Photo courtesy of the Dellenback Family
WASHINGTON – An unexpected gift from the wife of former CCCU President John R. Dellenback will enable the development of Christian colleges and universities abroad.

Mary Jane Dellenback passed away Dec. 30, 2015, at the age of 87. A portion of her life insurance policy was designated to the CCCU and will be used to recommence the Dellenback Fellows program, said CCCU President Shirley V. Hoogstra.

First launched in 2003, the Dellenback Fellowship was designed to support the long-term viability of Christ-centered higher education on campuses outside of North America. The program connects experienced academic administrators who have an interest in developing Christian higher education abroad with CCCU international affiliates who request assistance. Past Fellows have traveled to Bolivia, Ecuador, Haiti, Kenya, Korea, Russia, Taiwan and Uganda.

Mary Jane Dellenback helped launch the program in memory of her husband, a former U.S. Congressman, Peace Corps director and CCCU president (1977-1988) who had significant international experience.

“We are deeply thankful for the continued generosity of the Dellenback family that will enable us to resume this important program,” Hoogstra said. “In addition to firmly establishing Christian higher education’s place in the U.S., John and Mary Jane Dellenback set us on the path of supporting the growth of Christian higher education worldwide, and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue their legacy.”

Those who are interested in learning more about the Dellenback Fellowship can contact Rick Ostrander, CCCU’s vice president for academic affairs and professional programs, at


The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of 180 Christian institutions around the world. The 117 member campuses in North America are all regionally accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities with curricula rooted in the arts and sciences and whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. In addition, 63 affiliate campuses from 20 countries are part of the CCCU. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. Visit

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities offers 10 off-campus study programs, collectively branded BestSemester®, which expand learning opportunities for students from CCCU campuses and are designated as culture-shaping or culture-crossing programs. Culture-shaping BestSemester programs are: American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.), Contemporary Music Center (Nashville) and Los Angeles Film Studies Center (Los Angeles). Culture-crossing BestSemester programs are: Australia Studies Centre, China Studies Program, Latin American Studies Program, Middle East Studies Program, Oxford Summer Programme, Scholars’ Semester in Oxford and Uganda Studies Program. Visit for program details.