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Monday, November 26, 2007

ORU President Resigns After No Confidence

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and that unlike me, you didn't put on 10 pounds from all the food, no exercise, and lethargic football-watching.

Phlogizo reported a little while ago about the faculty vote of no confidence in the President of Oral Roberts University. On November 23, 2007, the President tendered his resignation. A statement from the Chairman of ORU's Board of Regents is here.

From the Associated Press:
For many, the resignation of Oral Roberts University's embattled president, Richard Roberts, seemed to be a question of when, not if, amid the financial scandal that hit the school nearly two months ago.

Roberts, facing accusations in the lawsuit that he misspent school funds to support a lavish lifestyle, resigned Friday.

"Those who have seen what we have seen won't have any surprise about the fact that Richard has stepped down," said attorney Gary Richardson, who brought a wrongful termination lawsuit against Roberts last month on behalf of three of the university's professors. "There was no option, period."

His resignation is effective immediately, according to a statement e-mailed from George Pearsons, chairman of the school's Board of Regents.

Roberts said in a statement that he loved the university. "I love the students, faculty, staff and administration and I want to see God's best for all of them."
This is hard, but good news for ORU. A resignation like this is often the required first step for re-establishing trust and confidence in an institution. I know of another institution that would benefit from a similar action.

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