Regent University's eighth president officially took the helm on Sunday – nine months after a half-year national search concluded with his appointment.
Dr. Carlos Campo, Regent's first Hispanic president, joined the college in 2008 as vice president of academic affairs and was recognized by Regent University Founder and Chancellor Pat Robertson as a "deeply intelligent and thoughtful man who couples scholarship with dynamic leadership."
"He is … completely committed to the mission of Regent, which is Training Christian Leaders to Change the World," Robertson stated in his remarks Sunday. "He is admired by students and faculty alike and without question, will prove a superb leader to carry the university into the next decade."
Robertson, who founded Regent University in 1978, had served as the school's president for the past ten years and on Apr. 28, 2009, announced his plan to retire effective July 1, 2010.
Following the announcement, Regent's Board of Trustees appointed a search committee to name a new president, who it expected to join the university no later than fall 2010.
With the university on track, Campo said the school plans to deepen their impact on the local, regional, national, and international community "by holding fast to an uncompromising love for God and pursuit of excellence – cornerstones of higher education."
"I feel privileged to be transitioning into this new leadership role at Regent University," Campo commented. "Due to the outstanding work of our founder, Board of Trustees, faculty, administration and staff, the university has established itself through excellence in a short period of time."
Aside from his work at Regent University, Campo serves on the boards of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network. He is also a member of the National Council of Workforce Education, the National Council on Foreign Relations, the Council on Race and Ethnic Equality, the American Center for Law and Justice, the American Literature Association, the International Shakespeare Association and the Arthur Miller Society.
Among Campo's numerous community service activities are volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, in a prison ministry and as a youth leader.