Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Scoop: ORU Faculty Votes "No Confidence" in Roberts

A source close to Oral Roberts University has informed me that the university's tenured faculty met Monday and passed a resolution of "no confidence" in suspended ORU President Richard Roberts. The resolution was to be delivered today to a representative of the ORU Board of Regents.

On the face of things, this would appear to make it virtually impossible for Roberts, the son of university founder Oral Roberts, to ever be reinstated as to the position he has held for over a decade.

The resolution reportedly contains a clause which states that the document should not be seen as an endorsement of the claims of three former ORU professors that are currently suing the school for wrongful termination.

Two other motions were approved at the Monday meeting.

1: The tenured faculty voted to support efforts by the ORU Provost to facilitate greater faculty governance of the university, as well as greater financial transparency in the school's financial dealing in the future.

2: A call for tenured faculty to be involved in establishing the criteria for a new President, as well as involvement in the selection process of a permanent successor for Richard Roberts.

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