We were just sent this file, a recording of the June 16th, 2014 faculty/staff meeting, Steve Pettit’s first such meeting as President. Stephen Jones typically used these town halls as a chance to summarize the University’s current status, and Pettit appears to be following that example.[audio http://audiofarm.org/everyidleword/audiofile/27558.mp3]
A few notes from the recording:
-Pettit says his first 30 days as President have been a “whirlwind,” but that he’s been impressed by the school and finds the job to be “a great blessing.”
-A Q&A session follows, with Gary Weier reading faculty/staff submitted questions and Pettit answering. Live questions are also taken.
-Pettit says Marshall Franklin and Weier have briefed him several times on the ongoing GRACE investigation, and that he’s proud of Stephen Jones for making BJU “the first faith-based organization” in America to undergo this kind of review (not strictly true). Pettit gave no details of how the report is going but said it will be released by August 31st at the latest.
-Pettit admits that BJU’s enrollment has declined significantly over the last 5-7 years. He plans to increase enrollment by personally calling prospective students and keeping “a very busy schedule” visiting BJU’s feeder churches.
-Pettit says he “completely supports” BJU’s music philosophy, although he considers himself “a centrist” on the issue.
-Pettit does not believe the Bruins sports program has become too expensive.
-Pettit says he “did not come to change BJU” but “to serve at the good pleasure of the Board” and “keep us on our mission.” He says he “has no changes on the horizon.”
-BJU has cut financial ties with a school it was invested in in China.
We’ve updated our Leaked Files page with this newly leaked file, and we’ll continue to publish anything we are sent.