Around the industry: Layoff of tenured theologian put on hold

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  • Idaho: Officials at Northwest Nazarene University have put layoffs "on hold" for review—including the planned layoff of Thomas Oord, a tenured theology professor whose supportive view of evolution have made him a controversial figure. The review will be guided by a third party and is expected June 15. In an open letter, the president also apologized for "not adequately foster[ing] a genuine culture of collaboration" (Roberts, Idaho Statesman, 4/18).
  • Massachusetts: H. Kim Bottomly, president of Wellesley College, announced Friday that she plans to resign in July 2016. The first scientist to lead the college, Bottomly is credited for navigating the school through a period of financial challenges and controversies like the decision to admit transgender students. Laura Daignault Gates, chair of the board of trustees, characterized Bottomly's contributions as "extraordinary," calling her the "right president at the right time" (Krantz, Boston Globe, 4/17).
  • Washington, D.C.: The student government at Catholic University voted 16 to 11 last week to allow guns on campus. Supporters of guns on Catholic's campus say they are worried about campus safety, while critics of the move say that the campus has excellent security in place already. Administrators say they have no plans to enact the measure (Foley, WTOP, 4/17).

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