New Regent President Carries on Robertson's Vision

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During his inaugural address Thursday, Regent University President Carlos Campo said he plans to continue empowering students to be "the best human beings" they can be, while staying true to their Christian heritage.

Campo was inaugurated Oct. 28 as the 8th president of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. He succeeds Regent's founder and chancellor Dr. M.G. Pat Robertson, who stepped down Aug. 1.

"We aspire to raise up a generation of leaders who will choose calling over career, and charity before recognition," Campo said Thursday.

"It's a big task," Dr. Robertson told Campo during the morning ceremony. "This is an international institution, rolling very rapidly."

As a first-generation Cuban American, Campo stressed the importance of instilling the value of liberty in future generations.

"The Christian university has a unique opportunity to preserve the virtues we cherish as a nation," he explained.

Carlos Campo spoke with The 700 Club about his life and inspiration.  Click here to watch.

"Regent University is committed to help students develop a deep awareness of the role of faith and learning to enhance our respect for life and the freedoms we enjoy as we endeavor to nourish enlightened and responsible citizenship," he said.

"Regent will welcome students from every nation and every tribe to an educational community that reflects the infinite variety of His creation," Campo added.

After joining Regent in 2008, he served as the university's vice president for academic affairs, and led the school through many of its accreditation processes.

Along with university officials and faculty, Campo was officially welcomed to the university by Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes and the mayors of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

Campo said he recognizes the challenges a Christian university faces today, but will work hard at continuing Regent's mission of "Christian Leadership to Change the World."

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