“Well, that escalated quickly” LC names Argile Smith interim president; places Aguillard on emeritus status
Ron Burgundy, of the hit movie, ‘Anchorman,” said it best to summarize the events of today on the small Baptist campus that is Louisiana College.
Dr. Joe Aguillard has been removed from the title of “President,” but he was placed on emeritus role, beginning August 1, 2014. He is not totally removed from any of this roles. Meanwhile, Dr. Argile Smith, Vice President for Intergration of Faith and Learning and the Dean of the Caskey School of Divinity, has been named the interim president of the school.
I am not surprised by any of this. It is hard to not consider that undue influence could’ve been used in these decisions. If any of you follow LC closely or know what is going on, you know that Dr. Smith sides with Aguillard. He will have no problem having Aguillard assist him in various roles as the Board of Trustees will continue a new search for an official president to lead the college.
This also shows that the problem is not just in the realms of the small Baptist college but also spawns into our Louisiana Baptist Convention, whether you want to hear that or not. It’s a sad state of affairs.
Louisiana politics holds no barriers. It is both corrupt on both the religious and secular sides of the coin.
The Board also voted, 18-14, to approve a new confidentiality agreement with the board members to pretty much keep everything behind closed doors that needs to stay behind closed doors.
So much for transparency and integrity.
A representative for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) has stated to The Town Talk, that the agency’s Principles of Accreditation does not require member institutions to have confidentiality agreements like those of LC’s.
Johnson said SACS requires governing boards of member institutions, like Louisiana College, to have conflict of interest policies. He said that “could be stretched” to include an issue like confidentiality agreements but that conflict of interest policies often refer to financial obligations or family members who are employees. – Leigh Guidry, The Town Talk
Twitter has been abuzz with emotions, responding and reacting to the latest move at LC. Some students are shocked and dissapointed in this kind of move that the Board of Trustees made (or was pretty much forced to have made).
Others, associated with the college, in the past, and national bloggers, pastors, and constituents, in the Southern Baptist Convention, have also voiced their displeasure for the latest move.
Some have said that “only in Baptist life, can a scandal-ridden official be removed by trustees while being given Emeritus status.”
Ken Fryer, an elder from Heritage Baptist Church, in Shreveport, had this to say;
The despicable actions of the Louisiana College Board of Trustees, today, solves nothing and actually makes the situation worse.”
Indeed, today’s results have solved nothing and have the distinct possibility of making things worse, not only for our Baptist college but also for our convention as well.
God have mercy on our souls.
This is the second time that there has been a prayer meeting held on the campus of the small Baptist college campus, regarding the administration of Louisiana College.
Twice has the media been banned from the campus in hopes of covering the prayer gathering, personally.
Fortunately, they cannot stop it from being reported at all. The Town Talk still came up with an article that mentions the prayer meeting while it also talks about them being banned from campus.
The prayer meeting was supposed to be held around the fountain, in front of Alexandria Hall, but the rainy weather halted those plans and moved it inside to the student center.
It’s been reported that over 40 to 50 or so people, consisting of students, alumni, and concerned community members, that had gathered for prayer.
Three members of the Board of Trustees even joined them for the prayer session. One of those, being Lonnie Scarborough, who came down to the last prayer meeting.
Tomorrow is the day that the whole board will meet to decide Joe Aguillard’s future.
Will they vote to renew his contract or not to renew his contract? Let’s continue in prayer asking for guidance and wisdom for the Board of Trustees.
It’s back. The time where the Louisiana College Board of Trustees gathers together to decide what’s in the best interests of the college.
Ok, I paraphrased that with my own emphasis, just a little.
But on a serious note, this coming week is the week where the Board of Trustees will decide on President Joe Aguillard’s future with the small, Baptist college in Pineville.
Much worry has been perceived by some. Others, not so much worry for various reasons. Some students gathered with support from the alumni, community members, and two trustee members, on that Monday, March 24th, for a time of prayer for the school and it’s leadership.
The Executive Committee will meet on Monday but no action will be taken. Tuesday is when the full 34-member board will meet and that is when Aguillard’s future will be brought up. The board will decide whether to let go of Aguillard or renew his contract.
It was around this time, last year, that the Board held a similar meeting and voted 16-13 to retain Aguillard as president of the college. Things could be different this time around.
There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that has been documented by former Vice Presidents, Timothy “Tim” Johnson, and Dr. Charles L. “Chuck” Quarles, along with others who have contributed to the cause.
You can check out those documents by going to Louisiana College Wiki.
Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:
Pastor Bob Coy, 58, reportedly confessed a “moral failing which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church” to Calvary leaders on Wednesday. A board meeting was called the next day, when he resigned.
Coy, who has led the church since its founding in 1985, said he will now focus his full attention on his personal relationship with God and his family. The radio, television and digital media that distributes Coy’s teachings have also been suspended.
“The governing board of the church is providing counselors and ministers who will help guide him through the process of full repentance, cleansing and restoration,” Calvary Chapel said in a statement.
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Step One is complete. Sort of.
Joe Aguillard has apologized to Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director, David Hankins, for disparaging comments he made about him and his son, Eric Hankins, in a recorded meeting with former Vice Presidents, Timothy Johnson and Dr. Charles Quarles.
Something here does not make sense. Why just here? Why not apologize to everyone you’ve offended? Reynoso? Culpepper? Quarles? Johnson? Hiles? McFadden? Lister? The list goes on and on.
This is a strange and bizarre occurrence. I can’t help but question the motive behind this because after thinking about, it makes no sense.
Here is a copy of the letter, via The Town Talk;
Dear Dr. Hankins,
I want to deeply apologize for things that I said about you and Eric on a recording by Chuck Quarles. I haven’t heard the tape, but I’ve seen typed quotes from the recording and I am so remorseful in having said those things. What I said does not reflect in any way my true heartfelt feelings for both you and Eric.
In addition, I will share with anyone that you did not use undue influence in any way and never pushed your way onto the Academic Affairs committee. Your leadership on that committee is invaluable.
My position is one of full support for you and Eric in every way. I fully admire your leadership and Godly statesmanship and consider you a mentor and friend. I pray that you will forgive me and we can continue to work closely together for Christ.
Again, I am so sorry for what I said.
Board of Trustees member, Jay Adkins, has released an open letter to all Louisiana Baptists this morning. It’s an informative letter to bring awareness to everyone. It’s to let everyone know what is really happening and what needs to happen.
- We have requested information from the President’s office and been ignored.· We have attempted to ask probing questions and been given partial truths and in some cases directly lied to.· We have expressed concerns and some have been threatened with legal action.· We have sparse communication with the President’s office at best and in at least one verifiable case, dissenting Board members were left out of a correspondence altogether.
Furthermore, Adkins goes on to discuss more issues that need to be clarified;
Our guiding documents articulate no process by which we can bring these concerns to the full body of the Louisiana Baptist Convention and thus, we have come to this. We are now asking you, Louisiana Baptists, to hold this Board accountable. You are the ultimate authority, you are the one to whom we answer. The Louisiana Baptist Convention owns this institution and should be made aware of our concerns. This issue has never been about theology, personal preference or a “satanic attack;” It has been about the abuse of power and authoritarian control. We are concerned with truth and transparency and we believe the Convention should be concerned about the same.
You can read the rest of the letter on Adkins’ letter, here.
Jay Adkins, member on the Louisiana College Board of Trustees, will be posting a letter on Friday morning, March 28, along with a new blog (Part 4 of The Crier), detailing the situation at the college.