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Bob Jones III To Retire As BJU President

Bob’s 35-year-old son Stephen will be taking the reins. Doesn’t sound like Stevie has much of a vision.

[1/25 – correction: it was Chimpy, not GHWB that spoke at BJU — thanks HB reader Ted]

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Bob. You’ll recall that Chimpy was criticized for speaking at the school as a candidate in 2000 because the university banned interracial dating. The policy has since been “revised.” (MyrtleBeachOnline):

The new leader of Bob Jones University is expected to help the 78-year-old institution connect with young people. Bob Jones III, 65, announced Thursday that he would step down in May, ceding the role of president to Stephen Jones, his 35-year-old son. No one predicts sweeping changes or says exactly how Stephen Jones is expected put the school in touch with young people.

Gary Weirer, the university’s registrar, said the younger Jones will bring to the job “a better understanding of how the contemporary culture in which we live affects young people, their thinking, their habits.” The younger Jones is faced with the task of keeping the institution true to its moral compass while keeping it relevant to a changing society, said Dr. Bob Wilson, a Greenville plastic surgeon who is a member of the university’s board of trustees.

“I think that the change demonstrates the commitment of the administration to reinvigorate the management of the entire university with fresh new ideas that youth always brings,” he said. “And I think this will be certainly an opportunity for the university to look at a lot of what they’ve been engaged in a different light,” Wilson said.

For his part, “I haven’t thought of any radical change,” Stephen Jones said after his father’s announcement.

As he announced he was stepping down, Bob Jones III decried the change he’s seen in students coming to the school since he became president 34 years ago, particularly how popular culture eroded the basic values they arrive with.

…Certain things won’t change with the transition, notably its mission statement: “to grow Christlike character that is Scripturally disciplined; others-serving; God-loving; Christ-proclaiming; and focused Above.”

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