Conservative administrators at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary are stepping up their efforts to pressure the school's moderate faculty members to leave.
President Lewis Drummond and Russ Bush, the faculty dean, told a trustee committee Tuesday that they have approved a policy for dismissing faculty members as part of Drummond's ongoing campaign to replace the school's moderate professors with conservatives.Administrators and 10 of the school's 30 trustees discussed hiring conservative faculty and making huge cuts in the school's budget.
Most of the discussions were in executive session.
Paul Fletcher, who heads the school's business office, said the school must cut $1 million from its $6.2 million annual budget in anticipation of losing some Southern Baptist Convention funding.
The funding is based on enrollment, and Southeastern's has dropped 40 percent in the past four years.
Fletcher said the school's hiring freeze started in August 1988 has trimmed the school's staff from 259 to 210 full and part-time jobs.
Paul Brock, Southeastern's director of communications, said three faculty members have announced in the last week that they are leaving and several more are in negotiations with other schools about jobs or considering retiring from Southeastern.
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