In an anonymous survey in April, only 12 percent of faculty and staff said that they planned to stay at Shorter University
, a 139-year-old Baptist school, reports Inside Higher Ed
. More than 50 resigned before the new contracts were even distributed, and certain departments, such as science and fine arts, have been “eviscerated,” according to Michael Wilson, a tenured librarian for the university who’s worked there for 14 years.
“Through our policies, we seek to honor Jesus Christ,” the university said in a statement. “We understand that there are those who do not agree with our beliefs. We are not trying to undermine their right to those beliefs, but want to be transparent about our own.”
“Where is today’s American Taliban? At Shorter University,” tenured Shorter professor Sherri Weiler wrote in the Rome News-Tribune. “Religious fundamentalism in any form (Muslim or Christian) is sheer lunacy in today’s divided, fractured, and tormented world. True peace is only to be found in opening the doors, not closing the gates.”