According the website Blow the Whistle, L.C., Louisiana College just announced an unprecedented emergency board meeting, ostensibly to discuss the recent controversies related to President Joe Aguillard’s decision to refuse to extend the contracts of three divinity school professors who allegedly have advanced and espoused a type of Calvinism in their scholarship and his administration’s decision to actively investigate graduate divinity school students for criticizing Aguillard’s decisions, apparently alleging that these students may have violated the Student Handbook, which prohibits students from saying anything and everything that may be perceived to be “disparaging” against the school, an Orwellian and dictatorially broad statement that effectively penalizes and punishes students who dare to speak out.
Commenters on the Save Our LC online forum have reason to be optimistic (quoting):
According to the Whistleblower site, an emergency board meeting will commence next Monday, the 25th. One has to wonder whether this is the end for this administration. What are the chances the board will pay off the prez and send him packing? Might he announce his retirement, effective graduation day? Or, will he somehow politically survive the latest round of accusations of mistreatment of employees and students?
This board must feel “up against it.” Decries from preachers about the Calvinism, from students that their beloved professors have been mistreated. Oh, what a difficult time to be a trustee. These are the yields of less than courageous leadership. This is what unprincipled, political hacketry gets you. Do the right thing, guys/gals. Let him exit with grace, even though he didn’t grant that to others. Renew the contracts. Express support for the students. Find a president from far away who knows a little something about higher ed.
The speculation is, of course, the Louisiana College Board members will finally see the writing that’s been indelibly written on the wall, and remove Joe Aguillard from his Presidency. It remains to be seen whether the Board will muster enough bravery and loyalty needed to oust Joe Aguillard’s fractious and divisive leadership so soon, but it is a good sign.
The Whistle Blower website encouraged students and concerned citizens to contact three specific board members.
I’ll take it a step further: Contact all of them!
Without further delay, here they are, the Trustees of Louisiana College:
1. Roy Davis- North Shreve, Shreveport
2. James Foster- Utility, Jonesville
3. Jim Garlington- Oak Grove, Bentley
4. Michael Moore (no, not that Michael Moore)- Mooringsport, Mooringsport
5. Tommy French- Jefferson, Baton Rouge
6. David Willoughby- Calvary, Monroe
7. Mark Taylor- Cook, Ruston
8. Tony Perkins- Greenwell Springs, Baton Rouge
9. Steve Folma- First, Houma
10. Lonnie Scarborough- Fair Park, West Monroe
11. Jerry Chaddick- Open Door, Moss Bluff
12. Jill Kidder- Istrouma, Baton Rouge
13. Mike Francis- East Bayou, Lafayette
14. Jack Hunter- First, New Orleans
15. Glenn Wilkins- Martin, Coushatta
16. Kris Chenier- Trinity Heights, Shreveport
17. Lyndon Dawson- First, Ruston
18. Ryan Gregory- First, Oak Grove
19. Carlton Vance- Philadelphia, Deville
20. Ray Werfine- Ebenezer, Hammond
21. Glenn George- First, Gillis
22. Sam Camp- First, Covington
23. Blake Cooper- Calvary, Alexandria
24. Clay Crenshaw- First, Bossier City
25. Roxanne West- First, Pine Prairie
26. Larry Allen- Hosston, Hosston
27. Jay Adkins- First, Westwego
28. John Walker- Antioch, Mansfield
29. Barry Bieber- New Prospect, Dry Prong
30. Shawn Thomas- First, Moss Bluff
31. Heath Veuleman- The Gathering Place, Tioga