Oral Roberts University President Resigns


For many observers, the resignation of Oral Roberts University’s embattled president, Richard Roberts, seemed to be a question of when, not if, amidst the financial scandals that hit the school nearly two months ago. Roberts, facing accusations in the lawsuit that he misspent school funds to support a lavish lifestyle, finally resigned on 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.”

The school’s regents planned to meet Monday and Tuesday to determine action in the search process for a new president, Pearsons said in the statement. Executive Regent Billy Joe Daugherty will assume the president’s administrative responsibilities, working with Oral Robertsuntil the regents’ meeting, the statement said.

This was an inevitable step that had to happen because of their arrogance,” said former regent Harry McNevin, who quit the board in 1987 because of misspending he said he witnessed. “It’s been 20 years that they’ve been doing the same things that I became aware of.” The recent lawsuit, filed Oct. 2, included allegations of a $39,000 shopping tab at one store for Richard Roberts’ wife, Lindsay, a $29,411 Bahamas senior trip on the university jet for one of Roberts’ daughters, and a stable of horses for the Roberts children.

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The Articles from Monday, October 15, 2007

Renowned writer Alice Walker has endorsed Obama, seeing him as a man who is open-minded, thoughtfully “real” and “complex.” She feels he’s a man who is strong and compassionately listens to all kinds of people. Walker said she is joyful to finally get a chance to have someone “real” leading our country. The video of her endorsement is included.

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The three former Oral Roberts University professors have made public a detailed packet of information contained in their lawsuit. The full, unsubstantiated report now attached to their lawsuit contains new charges of sexual and other acts of misconduct with minors against Richard Roberts’ wife. This article includes photographs and videos.

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“Nelson Algren’s Chicago: Public Drama in a World Falling Apart.” A photographic essay on Nelson Algren’s Chicago: The City on the Make. This photo essay includes stunning, classic photographs presented in high-resolution, a photo-gallery and a documentary video titled “Algren’s Last Night.” This is a very thoughtful piece.

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