I don’t have much to write here. I simply want to point readers to a blog post by Louisiana College Board of Trustee member Jay Adkins. Adkins has recently posted a blog post critical David Hankins holding a position on the Louisiana College Board of Trustees. Only six hours after Adkins published his post he received a threatening e-mail from Chairman Tommy French.
People don’t say lies for no reason at all. Further, they say them because they work. For those of us who have kept an eye on Louisiana College over the last few years we are surprised that people still believe the lies that have been told. But, we have to realize that people are wired to believe what people say, especially what those in respectable positions like Christian College presidents say it.
I was reminded of this when a friend of mine who lives out of Louisiana contacted me today. He had run into a person from Louisiana at church. This person was a graduate of Louisiana College. He was an older man in his 50’s . My friend asked him, “So how is LC going in your opinion?” The Louisiana Man answered, “It’s going well overall. I know they’ve had some struggles. But, I support the President because he’s doing the right thing by going after those Calvinists.”
Joe Aguillard’s presidency resembles a cat, though it may not be limited to nine lives. Despite mounting concerns about his leadership and his ethics the Louisiana College Board of Trustees has continued to stand behind …
The Baptist Message is the associational paper for Louisiana Baptists. This is how many Baptists in Louisiana get their news about what is going on at Louisiana College. Unfortunately, the Message is extremely compromised when it comes to LC. Today, Kelly Boggs wrote an article for the Message about the issues at LC. He follows many of LC’s methods when it comes to handling controversy. The adjectives are important to pay attention to. JD Hall is labelled a Calvinist pastor and blogger and Jay Adkins is an “outspoken critic.” These are not dishonest adjectives but they certainly point to the author’s bias. To be fair, we all have a bias. That is not the issue.
I have to confess that when I left Louisiana I had a real distrust of SBC Pastors and Theologians. I felt betrayed by some. I saw the true lack of character in others. And, in others still, I saw them stay quiet in the face of evil, seemingly for their own personal benefit and self-preservation. I always thought it was odd that “The Art Guy” was the one standing against the blatant wrong-doings while those with seminary degrees stayed quiet or even helped the institution take Christ’s name in vain. One person who has done a great deal to restore my faith in ministers and theologians is Jay Adkins. Jay serves on the Board of Trustees for Louisiana College and has been willing to speak truth while still honoring his duty to the school. His latest blog post, On Power and Protection, shed’s a great deal of light on the situation in the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
I heard this from several sources last week but Chairman of the Louisiana College Board of Trustees Tommy French spoke directly to the Town Talk on the issue of Aguillard’s contract. According to French the Executive Commitee is looking to extend Aguillard’s contract. When commenting about the committee’s discussions French said, ““But I saw no opposition. There were not any negative points there to say we would not renew because we think he’s done a good job.” French also did not expect money to be an issue. Saying of Aguillard, “He doesn’t work for money, he works for the Lord.” That said, in 2012 (the most recent numbers available) Aguillard was paid $216,556. According to Chris Gherz, Chair of the History Department at Bethel University, on his blog the Pietist Schoolman Aguillard’s pay was 7th highest among Council of Christian Colleges and University schools and 79th highest among the 500 schools in the study, when compared against the schools budget.
Today The Alexandria Town Talk ran a story on the recordings of comments released on this site almost six weeks ago in the article, “Aguillard in his own words: Will the real Joe Aguillard please stand-up, please stand-up, please stand-up?” In that article were recordings of Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard saying some very shocking and narcissistic things such as:
The employee was “here to serve the President and show 1000% loyalty to whatever he does.”
“I am the employer and I sign your contract. You don’t work for the College. The College is not an employer. It’s a place of work. The employer is me and the employee is you.”
“Every office on campus is mine. (pause for effect) Every office on campus is mine.”
“There is no freedom of speech here. I didn’t make that up. That’s the law. When a student says, “I have freedom of speech…” We have three attorneys who will laugh them into the ground because there is no such thing here.”
“I’ll put loyalty over competency with everybody that I allow to voluntarily work here, including student workers.”
“I’m going to make it very clear before people re-sign up. Don’t sign up here if you aren’t on board with Joe Aguillard. Cause it ain’t going work, it’s just not gonna work. That’s the way it is. Like my Momma and Daddy, you gonna live under my roof and eat my food and wear my clothes you will live by my rules.”
Over the last couple of years, I have been contacted by a lot of people who have been hurt by the Aguillard administration. Once again, with the new documents surrounding the Joseph Cole hotel fiasco I have run across those who have been terribly harmed by LC. So, I have decided to try and write something that tells those stories. So, if you have been mistreated by Aguillard or his administration please e-mail me or send me a message through the contact form below.
Today the Town Talk ran an article about the issue of forged documents at Louisiana College which I reported on yesterday: “Documents: Former Louisiana College employee was paid to keep quiet” One thing in that …
After my last post, “Louisiana College: Drugs, Pornography, and What Joe Aguillard Knew” JD Hall of the Pulpit & Pen released a podcast which discussed those issues; but, he also released some additional documents that are very important. Included in these documents is a letter from the College’s former attorney Bonita Armour.
My last blog post covers some of the issues related to Joseph Coles. In response to Joseph Cole’s Blackmail, there was an investigation into his allegations, not the superficial ones about not receiving a lunch break or Aguillard taking too much Advil. One of the real serious issues was the alleged forgery of documents that were turned into the accrediting agency SACS. In Cole’s original complaint it stated that Tim Johnson was responsible for the forgery; however, further investigation revealed that it was actually Joe Aguillard. A letter from LC Attorney Bonita Armour indicates:
Several of the signature pages of reports which were provided as part of the College’s report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools were significant in that they called into question the authenticity of signatures, including those of Tim Whitman, Peggy Pack, Dr. Charles Quarles, and Michael Travers. The Vice President Evaluation of Dr. Michael Travers was even post dated “May 10, 2011,” but was sent to SACS on March 1, 2011. Further, evaluations by Dr. Searcy were stamped dated for 2009-2010 before he was even employed at Louisiana College. Dr. Searcy advised the documents were undated when he completed and signed his section of the evaluations.