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Youstra Receives Prestigious Award



Dr. George Youstra
Dr. George Youstra, president emeritus and professor of history and education at Clearwater Christian College, was recently given an award by the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities (FACU) for distinguished service and leadership. According to the website, FACU is the only non-governmental organization in the state of Florida that represents the common interests of all three sectors of the state’s higher educational system—state universities; public community colleges; and private, independent colleges and universities.

The receipt of this award is a testament to Dr. Youstra’s tenure at CCC and commitment to excellence in education. Dr. Youstra said, “The award was given at a combined meeting of two Florida educational organizations: The Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF); and the Florida Association of College and Universities (FACU). It came as a complete surprise, and I believe Dr. Stratton had something to do with it. It is a testimony to the grace of God in the life of a kid who came from a broken home on the south side of Chicago.”

CCC President Richard Stratton said, “As this award evidences, Dr. Youstra has gained the respect of college executives throughout the state of Florida. He has been actively involved in post secondary education issues for most of his career. How thankful I am for a man who has given himself to Christian education and who has also garnered the admiration of men and women involved in public, private, and Christian colleges and universities throughout our state.”

Congratulations, Dr. Youstra!