Richard Roberts has released a statement containing rebuttals to the allegations against him and his wife Lindsay.
We think Richard needs to stay quiet for the time being and let the board of regents complete their investigation. Some of his rebuttals are merely statements of university/ministry policy. Anyone who has worked in a corporate culture or family-controlled environment knows that “policies” aren’t always evenly applied. At this point, no one should blindly accept statements that aren’t backed by hard evidence.
If the regents accept Richard’s explanations without a detailed investigation and allow him to return to his post as President, they will lose the confidence of ORU’s faculty, the Provost and put the accreditation process in jeopardy. The alumni stand ready and willing to help bring the university out of debt if Richard steps out of the picture (even for a few years) and let the leadership deliver clear results.
Amazingly, Richard is finally starting to own up to his mistakes, stating that ORU needs a “culture change”.
All this leaves us wondering… Why did it take 14 years and a national scandal to finally bring about change? Is this a case of too little too late?