William L. Armstrong, Colorado Christian University president and a former U.S. senator from Colorado, died Tuesday following a five-year bout with cancer.

He was 79.

"Bill Armstrong displayed an uncommon vision for our times by adopting [CCU]’s strategic objectives at the beginning of his presidency , and went on to lead the university during a period of unprecedented growth," said Gary Armstrong, chairman of the Lakewood school's Board of Trustees. "His impact on the university will be felt for generations."

Armstrong has been president of CCU since August 2006.

Senator Cory Gardner released a statement on the passing of Armstrong:

“Our nation lost a great public servant, whose mark on Colorado and this country embodies the virtues of liberty, faith, and family. His booming voice, piercing gaze, and love of fellow patriots will never be forgotten. So many people in Colorado were brought to conservative ideas and optimism through Senator Armstrong. The United States is a better place because of his grace, humility and boundless spirit.”

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