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Michael Cromartie ’76 Receives CCCU Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award

The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) awarded Covenant College alumnus Michael Cromartie ’76 the Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award on January 25, 2017, during the 2017 CCCU Presidents Conference in Washington, DC. The CCCU is a higher education association of 178 Christian institutions from around the world.


According to the CCCU, “The Mark O. Hatfield Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated uncommon leadership that reflects the values of Christian higher education.” The award was named in honor of Senator Hatfield and is considered the highest accolade awarded by the CCCU. Past recipients include John M. Perkins, Charles Colson, Billy Graham, and Arthur Holmes.


Cromartie is vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. He directs the Center’s Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. In 2004, President George W. Bush appointed Cromartie to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Cromartie has published numerous articles and book reviews and has edited several books, including A Public Faith: Evangelicals & Civic Engagement. In addition to his work at the Center, Cromartie serves as a senior adviser to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and as a senior fellow at The Trinity Forum. He and his wife, Jennifer ’77, live near Washington, DC. Cromartie was named Covenant’s Alumnus of the Year in 1988. Jennifer was named Volunteer of the Year in 2011.