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Richard Roberts Resigns As ORU President

From a statement by George Pearsons — Chairman of the ORU Board of Regents:

Richard & Lindsay RobertsToday, a letter was sent from Richard Roberts to the Board of Regents of Oral Roberts University tendering his resignation as President of Oral Roberts University effective today, November 23, 2007.

The Board of Regents will meet Monday and Tuesday, November 26 and 27, 2007 to determine action in the search process for a new president.

Executive Regent Billy Joe Daugherty will continue to assume administrative responsibilities of the Office of the President, working together with Chancellor Oral Roberts, until the Regents meeting.

In his letter of resignation to the Board, Richard Roberts said, “I love ORU with all my heart. I love the students, faculty, staff and administration and I want to see God’s best for all of them.”

Roberts resigned this week following accusations that he used school funds for personal use, and charges that his wife Lindsay repeatedly spent time with an “underage male” in various situations.

Apparently, Roberts power isn’t completely diminished by his resignation — but that may be changing. In the Associated Press article ORU regents meet to begin selection of new president:

Regents at Oral Roberts University are meeting to begin selection of a new school president, three days after embattled televangelist Richard Roberts resigned from the top post.

In closed-door meetings Monday and Tuesday, the regents were also scheduled to decide the fate of ORU Provost Mark Lewandowski, who had offered his resignation on Nov. 15, telling the regents chairman he could not “in good conscience serve under (Roberts’) leadership.”

Meanwhile, some faculty and students at the 5,700-student evangelical school say Roberts’ influence remains intact as long as he remains the chairman and CEO of Oral Roberts Ministries and sits on the board of regents.

It was also unclear Monday whether Roberts would remain CEO of the university, even though he resigned as its president, or whether he would be allowed to continue living in his university-owned home near campus.

The mighty ORU Leader falls a bit further down from his pious perch than before — and appears to be circling the drain for lower depths still.

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Further Reading:

* OneNewsNow: Richard Roberts’ resignation was ‘inevitable,’ says Charisma editor

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Related:

* Why does God hate Oral Roberts University?

* More sex-sleaze alleged at Oral Roberts University

* Could this be the beginning of the downward spiral for Richard Roberts?

* Oral Roberts: the devil made them do it

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