As prevously blogged, today ORU and the two professors Tim and Paulita Brooker had a mediation conference scheduled for today. The result? They have settled with the university, according to the TulsaWorld, NewsOK.com, and another TulsaWorld. Wow.
Christianity Today posted an interesting summary about the past year at ORU. I recommend.
I think it’s exciting that the new Chair of the Board of Trustees is involved in creating cultural offerings like this one!
In case you’re starting to get everyone confused (there’s lots of names!), the Lavender Liberals have put together a comprehensive outline of the Brooker’s witness list plus other key people connected to ORU. They’re full of opinions, but it’s a good list.
UPDATE: Just a note, not every name tagged here or included in the Lavender Liberals’ list is named on the Brooker’s witness list or list of defendants. This is a list of key people related to ORU or the lawsuit, which includes names of defendants and names on the witness list.
Here’s a few random links:
- A poorly shot, yet still interesting, video from “Media Day.” Stay tuned afterward to learn about bird diets. J/K. It’s a link from this article in The Oklahoman.
- There’s room for 800 more students, according to K. Flasch.
- Muchmore quotes from ORU leaders about the new school year in her TulsaWorld article. Key quote:
Fagin told listeners at the chapel Friday that the university plans to have a new president in place by next summer. A search committee, with the help of a consultant, has received 100 applications and is narrowing the list. The final candidates will visit the campus, and the trustees will decide who is offered the job.
“A word of warning to whoever he or she may be: You better hit the ground running,” Fagin said. “We’re not in maintenance mode. This place is moving on all fronts.”
Seems like things are moving forward positively for ORU.
Richard Roberts is getting a severance package.
This Associated Press article by Justin Juozapavicius quotes former ORU regent Harry McNevin:
“It sends the message that it’s more about money than winning souls.”
I’m not sure what kind of message it sends; because, frankly, I’m just not sure what is typical under these circumstances. But then again, these aren’t typical circumstances.
Should a resigning university president get a severance package? Probably. Should a university president, resigning amidst a cloud of litigation, get a severance package? Idunno.
Robert’s lawyer, Frank M Hagedorn, implies that Richard may have been promised one.
Wikipedia has an article on this Republican Senator from Oklahoma.
He was the mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma for a few years in the late 70s and early 80s.
This is juicy.
TRENT HUDDLESTON’S LAWSUIT
…he was ordered to falsely report thousands of dollars of assets as expenses, which allowed the Robertses (sic) to spend university money on their extravagant lifestyle without agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service realizing how the money was being spent. … [and that] he was forced out of his position because he refused to remain silent about “the fact the defendants were committing illegal acts.”
Key quote from the article:
On the day Huddleston was forced out, an audit initiated by ORU’s regents was set to begin.
So about that audit… Read the rest of this entry »