Trustees at Southern Baptist-affiliated college elect new chairman

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2004

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) A Southern Baptist-affiliated college, divided over new conservative curriculum policies, has elected a new chairman of its board of trustees.

Bill Hudson of Rayne will lead the Louisiana College panel, replacing Joe Nesom, who recently resigned amid the flap over academic policies, which some say reduce teachers' freedom.

Under the new policies, new hires must submit a written ''worldview,'' and faculty must submit all teaching materials for approval.

Since that screening policy passed in December, the college president and vice president for academic affairs left to take other jobs, but both insisted their resignations were not due to the controversy.

Trustees who support the new policies hope to preserve the college's Southern Baptist roots.

There had been speculation that a new president might be chosen when Hudson was elected last week, but board members decided instead to follow a search process that called for interviews to begin July 12.

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