President Len Munsil
Len Munsil, President
Len Munsil is the 6th President of Arizona Christian University, a regionally accredited non-denominational Christian liberal arts university in Phoenix, Arizona founded in 1960.
Under his leadership, which began September 27, 2010, the school has changed its name, raised its visibility, expanded its course offerings and majors, undertaken campus renovations and building projects, dramatically increased fundraising and experienced large enrollment gains. ACU seeks to attract students who will “transform culture with truth” – building biblical influence in every corner of society. In 2015 he wrote “Transforming Culture With Truth,” explaining how ACU’s Core Commitments reflect the biblical principles and values that built Western Civilization, and how young people committed to biblical truth are needed in leadership today.
Munsil is a third-generation Arizonan and has an accomplished record as a public policy expert, a conservative organizational entrepreneur, a lawyer, a journalist, an educator and a writer. He served as an Adjunct Professor and member of the Board of Trustees at ACU, then known as Southwestern College, beginning in 1994.
In 2006, in his only run for political office, Munsil won the Republican nomination for Governor of Arizona, entering the race late and coming from far behind to upset the most famous name in Arizona political history – Goldwater – while receiving more than 51 percent of the vote in a four-way primary. In the general election, he received more than half a million votes but lost to incumbent Janet Napolitano. In 2016 he was elected a delegate to the Republican National Convention, and was voted by the Arizona delegation as a member of the Platform Committee.
Munsil served for a decade as Founding President and General Counsel for The Center for Arizona Policy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization. He presided over CAP’s rapid growth into one of the largest and most powerful state public policy organizations in the United States. For his work on behalf of children, families and biblical truth, he has received awards and commendations from Focus on the Family, American Family Association, National Family Legal Foundation, Arizonans for Home Education, the National Association for Marriage Enhancement, Center for Arizona Policy and other organizations. Prior to joining CAP, for more than a decade he trained prosecutors and city attorneys, testified before legislatures and city councils as an expert witness, authored one book and co-authored another, and drafted legal briefs to courts including the United States Supreme Court to help protect children, families and communities from the negative effects of sexually oriented businesses.
Munsil earned his Juris Doctor from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and has been admitted to practice in state and federal courts since 1988. He served a judicial clerkship for the Honorable Daniel Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication, where he was named Outstanding Journalism Graduate and served as Editor in Chief of ASU’s daily newspaper, the State Press. He began his writing career as a sportswriter for the Scottsdale Daily Progress from 1981 to 1985. He was selected the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Press Association’s Journalist of the Year in 1983, winning a live, 6-hour writing competition against hundreds of top collegiate journalists from more than 20 western states. He is a 1997 inductee into the Scottsdale Community College Journalism Hall of Honor.
Len and his wife Tracy have eight adult children and four grandchildren and reside in Scottsdale. Dr. Tracy Munsil earned her Master’s Degree and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Arizona State University, where she taught full-time in the School of Politics and Global Studies. Dr. Munsil is now an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the General Education Department at Arizona Christian University, and also chaired the Liberal Arts task force. Like her husband, she is a former Outstanding Journalism Graduate at ASU, and Editor of the State Press. She home educated for 14 years. In 2015 she was appointed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and confirmed by the Arizona Senate as a member of the Arizona Commission on Appellate Court Appointments.
Their oldest son (1) Will Munsil played baseball and earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado Christian University, and his Juris Doctor from ASU. He taught history and was head high school football and baseball coach for Scottsdale Preparatory Academy High School, served as a Deputy County Attorney for Maricopa County, and now leads legal and strategic projects for Sweetbridge, an alliance of blockchain projects. He and his wife Danielle have two daughters, Laney, born in 2016, and Alice, born in 2017. Oldest daughter (2) Leigh Munsil followed her parents as Editor of ASU’s State Press, was a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, spent four years at Politico in Washington D.C., was Politics Editor for the Blaze, where she covered the 2016 presidential election, and now serves as a Political Editor at CNN. Their daughter Lt. Anne (Munsil) Courchaine (3) played basketball and was the Outstanding Scholar Athlete and Outstanding Graduate in Biblical Studies at Arizona Christian, earned a Juris Doctor from ASU, and is a Navy JAG officer, married to Capt. Tim Courchaine, a Marine JAG officer. Their son Michael (4) graduated with a History degree and played football at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas, and also played for ACU’s first football team in 2014. He is a compliance analyst at Sweetbridge, and married to Kristen. They have a son Micah, born in 2017. Daughter Laura (5) graduated with honors from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with a Film Studies and History double major, worked in New York City as a development assistant for a reality TV program, works in film production, and is a writer and blogger who has backpacked the Pacific Coast Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. Their daughter Lt. Ellen Munsil (6) graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2016 and was the Outstanding Cadet in Intercollegiate Speech Competition, and is now stationed in Montana. Their daughter Kaye (Munsil) Nelson (7) was the Outstanding Graduate in Liberal Arts from Missouri Baptist University, is married to Brett Nelson, a football coach and teacher. Their son Robby was born in 2017, and they expect a second child in 2018. Son Matt (8) graduated from Scottsdale Preparatory Academy, where he was a National Merit Finalist and an all-state athlete in football, basketball and baseball. After taking a “gap year” working in New York and Spain, he is a history student at Columbia University in New York City where he played Ivy League football, performs for one of America’s oldest acapella groups – Notes and Keys – and is on the Dean’s List scheduled to graduate in December 2018.