Dr. Carlos Campo assumed the top leadership post at Regent University Sunday, becoming eighth president to lead the school and the first Hispanic president of a private Christian college in Virginia.
"I feel privileged to be transitioning into this new leadership role at Regent University," Campo said. He praised university leadership for developing the school's standard of excellence over a short period of time.
"We are poised to deepen our positive 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," Campo said.
"I am deeply grateful to my wife and family for their love and support, and to the many people who have breathed life into my spirit over the years," he added.
Campo first joined Regent as vice president of academic affairs in 2008. As president, he succeeds Dr. Pat Robertson, the school's founder and chancellor.
"After ten years as president of Regent University, it is my distinct pleasure to hand over the reins of leadership to Dr. Campo," Robertson said.
"He is a deeply intelligent and thoughtful man who couples scholarship with dynamic leadership, and is completely committed to the mission of Regent," he said. "He is admired by students and faculty alike and without question, will prove a superb leader to carry the university into the next decade."
Among other leadership roles, Campo serves on the boards of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and the Virginia Latino Higher Education Network. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.