After Southwest Baptist University President Eric Turner resigned amid a two-year controversy over theology and institutional control, Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Director John Yeats wrote a letter to SBU faculty and staff.
In December 2018, news broke of a controversy at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, involving the Missouri Baptist Convention, theological debates, and efforts to gain institutional control. As the SBU-MBC controversy continues to evolve, Word&Way created this timeline of key moments.
Jeffrey Metzler, an undergraduate student at Southwest Baptist University, urges the Missouri Baptist Convention to stop its interference at his school. His column cites Word&Way news reports to document what is happening.
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Russell Jackson writes: The Missouri Baptist Convention’s “procedural” change in Nominating Committee rules is a major shift in substantive policy that should be voted on by the messengers themselves, not done in a back room by the MBC’s Executive Committee.
Barely two years after being unanimously chosen by trustees, Eric Turner resigned Tuesday (Oct. 20) as president of Southwest Baptist University. His resignation, made during an executive session of a contentious Board meeting, comes amid a two-year conflict over theology and control at the school.
An accreditation body recently opened an inquiry into recent events at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, after an alumnus filed a complaint. The Higher Learning Commission decided the complaint warranted review of the institution that finds itself embroiled in a two-year controversy.
Conflicts about professors at Baptist schools raise many important questions. What is the purpose of education? How much academic freedom should professors have in their scholarship and lectures? And who gets to decide what is “acceptable” for a professor to say?
Amid a two-year controversy over theology and power, leaders at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri, decided to terminate its philosophy program and not renew the contract of its tenured philosophy professors — a move some other faculty feel didn’t follow the school’s own rules.