The Asbury Debacle
I don't think I've written about the Asbury Seminary presidency and the unfortunate events that have taken place at my alma mater (though that's one of the top searches that has brought readers to this blog). The short story is that because of leadership style and politics, Jeff Greenway forcibly resigned his position (and will be pastoring a huge church in Reynoldsburg, Ohio).
If you want a fuller story, you can start here for the story and continue here and continue to read the latest here and here.
In the midst of it all, I received the annual fund raising letter from Asbury. I generally give, not much, but something, but because of the turmoil at the school, I felt like I could not give in good conscience, so I wrote a letter stating as much. Today I received a phone call from the head of the alumni and we talked about the whole thing.
I don't know Jeff Greenway. I graduated before he became president. But I do know what it's like to be railroaded out with the use of a trumped up evalutation, and it stinks. He said that the board is (possibly) admitting that it had some fault in the proceedings. However, the letter from the board did not make that kind of statement. It offered a non-apology (kind of like a "If my actions happened to offend you, I'm sorry that you were offended") as they stated: We recognize that some perceive the Board of Trustees as acting arbitrarily and unfairly in the formal evaluation process of Dr. Greenway; while others feel the board acted with integrity and due diligence.
I still say it stinks.